Oliver Wilson Claims First DP World Tour Title In Eight Years
Wilson carded a final round 67 to secure an emotional victory, his first on the DP World Tour since October 2014
In a tight and thrilling final day in Denmark, it was Oliver Wilson who picked up his first DP World Tour title in 2,889 days, as a stunning 65-foot putt at the 71st hole proved to be the deal breaker.
Throughout the day, it seemed that the Made In Himmerland title could have fallen to any one of about seven players. However, it was the former Ryder Cup player who claimed the title, as the World No.745 parred the last to win his first DP World Tour trophy since October 2014.
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Beginning the final round, we saw a four way tie at the top of the leaderboard, as Wilson, Matthew Southgate, Francesco Laporta and Ross McGowan were all vying for the title.
Unsurprisingly, it remained congested all day as, after six holes, Laporta and in form man Ewen Ferguson took the lead at 19-under-par. A few holes later, and heading into the back nine, it was Ferguson who took the outright lead, as more than 10 players were within two shots of the Scot.
Keeping his nose in front, Ferguson soon had Wilson for company, as the Englishman holed a delightful putt at the 16th, moving to 20-under-par in the process.
It was still tight at the top, but a two-horse race had begun and, as the Scot parred the last to set the clubhouse target, Wilson would need to birdie one of the last two holes to win.
That is exactly what he did as, on the 71st hole, the par 4 17th, he drained a 65-foot putt to take a one shot lead down the treacherous last. Striping a drive from off the turf, the Englishman safely found the putting surface with his approach.
Rolling his first putt up to the hole, the 41-year-old duly tapped-in for a first DP World Tour title since the 2014 Alfred Dunhill Links Championship, and a huge leap up the Tours rankings.
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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.
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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
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