Wednesday 25 April 2018

Broadhurst seals Senior Open

England's Paul Broadhurst celebrates. Photo: PA
England's Paul Broadhurst celebrates. Photo: PA

Ben Roberts

England's Paul Broadhurst overcame a four-shot deficit on the final day to clinch the Senior Open title at Carnoustie.

Broadhurst, 50, began the day four shots adrift of overnight leader Miguel Angel Jimenez, but a bogey-free final-round 68 was enough to clinch him his first major title as the Spaniard fell away to card a three-over-par 75.

Broadhurst, who shot 75 on the opening day, finished on 11-under par, two shots ahead of American Scott McCarron, who closed with a 69, while Jimenez double-bogeyed the last to finish a shot further back and tied for third with Sweden's Magnus Persson Atlevi.

Atlevi closed with a 67 to join Jimenez on eight-under, ahead of four Americans. Brandt Jobe and Tom Byrum both finished seven-under ahead of Joe Durant and Wes Short Jr (both six under).

Bernhard Langer, who won the Senior Open in 2010, shot four consecutive rounds of 71 to finish on four-under, seven shots back.

Broadhurst is the first player to win the Senior Open on their debut since Fred Couples in 2012 at Turnberry and is the first English winner on the European Senior Tour this year.

Brendan McGovern was the leading Irish finisher in the event, closing with a three-over-par 75 to finish on three-over in a tie for 30th position which was worth over €12,000 to the Headfort pro.

Ronan Rafferty shot a final-round 77 to finish on seven-over.

Elsewhere on Scotland's west coast, Isabelle Boineau completed a stunning victory at the Scottish Women's Open at Dundonald Links to clinch her maiden Ladies European Tour title.

The 27-year-old Frenchwoman seized the lead with one hole remaining on a final day in North Ayrshire that saw the lead change hands three times and she made par at the 18th to finish 11-under for the tournament, one shot ahead of Swede Linda Wessberg.

Wessberg, who had led for most of the day, missed a four-foot birdie putt at the final hole that would have forced a play-off, while Boineau's round of 68 included five birdies and a bogey.

Wales' Becky Morgan held a three-shot lead overnight but followed up her second-round 66 with a final round of 73 to finish joint-third alongside American Beth Allen, two adrift of Boineau and one behind Wessberg.

Boineau holed from 10 feet at the 17th to take the lead for the first time before Wessberg three-putted, while Allen needed a birdie on the last to tie for the lead but dropped a shot for a final round of 67.

Sweden's Caroline Hedwall earlier completed a course record final round of 64 to finish fifth.

English trio Florentyna Parker, Georgia Hall and Hannah Burke finished tied for sixth, eighth and joint-ninth respectively and Scotland's Vikki Laing shot a final-round 67 to finish 11th.

On the PGA Tour, Jhonattan Vegas shot a superb eight under par final round of 64 - including birdies on the final three holes - to win the Canadian Open. Jon Rahm, Martin Laird and Dustin Johnson all finished on 11 under par, one shot behind the Venezuelan victor.

Irish Independent

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