Wilson claims Dunhill win as Rory pays for blunders

World number 792 Oliver Wilson won the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship today as Rory McIlroy paid the price for two amazing blunders at St Andrews.

Wilson, who finished runner-up nine times on the European Tour before losing his card in 2012, carded a closing 70 to finish 17 under par, one shot ahead of McIlroy, Tommy Fleetwood and Richie Ramsay.

Fleetwood, who was playing alongside Wilson, missed from 10 feet for birdie on the last to force a play-off, while Ramsay was two clear after his eighth birdie of the day on the 15th, only to bogey the 16th and 17th.

McIlroy double bogeyed the first after misjudging his approach and seeing his ball spin back into the Swilcan Burn, and – although he recovered with four birdies in succession and made two more on the 10th and 12th – his chances ended when he putted into the Road Hole bunker on the 17th.

Wilson started the week ranked a lowly 102nd on the Challenge Tour but claimed the first prize of almost £500,000 and a two-year exemption on the European Tour.

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