Ewen Ferguson And Maja Stark Secure ISPS Handa World Invitational Titles

In the tri-sanctioned event, Ewen Ferguson claimed a three shot win, whilst Maja Stark secured a commanding five stroke victory

Stark and Ferguson
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Like last year, the DP World Tour, LPGA Tour and Ladies European Tour joined forces to stage a tournament which offered separate events for both the men and women, but equal prize money.

During the final day of the ISPS Handa World Invitational, there couldn't have been two more contrasting tournaments, as Ewen Ferguson battled to a second DP World Tour title in five months, whilst Maja Stark showed a relentless display as a 10-under-par final round of 63, gave her a five shot victory.

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We begin with Stark, who began the day two shots back of overnight leader, Amanda Doherty. However, after just five holes, the Swede found herself in a four-way tie of the lead, as three birdies vaulted her into a share with Peiyun Chien, Georgia Hall and Doherty.

Coming in to the final day, Stark was looking for her fourth Ladies European Tour title and first on the LPGA Tour. Following yet more birdies at the sixth, eighth and ninth, that share of the lead was now a three shot advantage as she scythed ahead of a crammed leaderboard. 

Her relentless display carried on throughout the back nine, with a trio of birdies on the 12th - 14th putting Stark nine-under for the day and five shots clear. You think Stark was done there? The answer was no, as a 10th birdie dropped on the 17th for the 22-year-old took a six shot lead down the last.

Despite finding the water with her second at the par 5, Stark showed her class yet again, as her fourth pitched and stopped just four-foot from the flag. From there, a par putt followed, as she cruised to a five shot win, with a final round 63.

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It was a somewhat different story for Ferguson who, although led going in to the final round by three, and actually extended it to four earlier on, found himself all-square with Richard Mansell at the turn, with Mansell flying at five-under-par through the first 12 holes.

However, the Englishman faltered over his final few holes, leaving the door ajar for Ferguson. A birdie at the 10th did give him some breathing space, as his newest challenger became Spaniard, Borja Virto.

With three holes remaining, Ferguson remained two strokes ahead and, when Virto bogeyed the last, a breathable three shot advantage opened up for the Scot. Following pars at the 17th and 18th, the title was his, as a final round 69 gave him yet another trophy to add to his resume.

Matt Cradock
Staff Writer

Matt joined Golf Monthly in February 2021 covering weekend news, before also transitioning to equipment and testing. After freelancing for Golf Monthly and The PGA for 18 months, he was offered a full-time position at the company in October 2022 and continues to cover weekend news and social media, as well as help look after Golf Monthly’s many buyers’ guides and equipment reviews.

Taking up the game when he was just seven years of age, Matt made it into his county squad just a year later and continues to play the game at a high standard, with a handicap of around 2-4. To date, his best round came in 2016, where he shot a six-under-par 66 having been seven-under through nine holes. He currently plays at Witney Lakes in Oxfordshire and his favourite player is Rory McIlroy, despite nearly being struck by his second shot at the 17th during the 2015 BMW PGA Championship.

Matt’s current What’s In The Bag?

Driver: Honma TW747, 8.75°

Fairway Wood: TaylorMade Rocketballz Stage 2, 15°, 19°

Hybrid: Adams Super Hybrid, 22°

Irons: Mizuno MP54, 5-PW

Wedges: Cleveland 588 RTX 2.0 Tour Satin, 50°, 56°, 60°

Putter: Cleveland TFI 2135 Satin Cero

Ball: Titleist Pro V1x