McEvoy’s sensational finish secures maiden Tour win

Richard McEvoy claimed his maiden European Tour title after a dramatic finish to the Porsche European Open in Hamburg.

McEvoy’s sensational finish secures maiden Tour win

By Phil Casey

Richard McEvoy claimed his maiden European Tour title after a dramatic finish to the Porsche European Open in Hamburg.

The 39-year-old sunk a 20-foot putt for birdie on the final hole to secure a one-shot victory ahead of Renato Paratore, Christofer Blomstrand and German amateur Allen John.

McEvoy had started the final day in a share of the lead with Bryson DeChambeau but successive bogeys late in his round saw the American fall out of contention.

Victory makes McEvoy the first player this season to win on the Challenge Tour and European Tour in successive weeks after his triumph at the Le Vaudreuil Golf Challenge last week.

McEvoy told Sky Sports: “It was a rollercoaster ride big time today.

“But I fought hard, I believed and even at the last I overpowered my caddie to lay it up and give myself the best opportunity to make birdie and managed to do it.

“I’ve tried to enjoy my golf as much as possible. Not that I haven’t been but I just needed to that little bit more and it’s just come up proper trumps.”

McEvoy’s final round of 73, which saw him finish on 11 under par, was far from perfect but proved enough to see off his closest rivals.

McEvoy and DeChambeau were level through 11 holes and even back-to-back bogeys at the 12th and 13th could not knock his momentum, as DeChambeau’s late collapse kept the Englishman in control.

A bogey on the 17th drew McEvoy back into a four-way tie for the lead but his nerveless final putt secured an impressive victory.

In contrast, DeChambeau twice landed in the water on the final hole, with his triple bogey eight dropping him to a share of 13th place after a six-over par 78.

Paratore was closest to forcing a play-off after a superb lay-up on the 18th led to him narrowly missing an eagle chance.

Local amateur John produced a storming final round of 67 to creep up the leaderboard, while Blomstrand’s birdie on the 18th was enough to seal his share of second place.

Meanwhile Miguel Angel Jimenez held his nerve to claim victory in the Seniors Open at St Andrews.

The Spaniard won by one stroke from two-time US Masters champion Bernhard Langer after a closely-fought final round.

Langer started the final round two shots behind Jimenez but briefly drew level before a birdie on the ninth set up Jimenez for victory.

Stephen Ames, Scott McCarron and Kirk Triplett were a further shot back in a share of third place.

Colin Montgomerie was the best-placed Briton in a share of 14th place after carding a final-round 74.

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