Horsfield wins again in Wales

Last Updated: 16/08/20 9:04pm

Sam Horsfield topped the leaderboard at the Celtic Classic
Sam Horsfield topped the leaderboard at the Celtic Classic

Sam Horsfield secured a second European Tour title in three weeks with a two-stroke victory at a weather-affected Celtic Classic.

Final leaderboard

Celtic Classic

The world No 133 carded a bogey-free 67 at the Celtic Manor Resort, closing his round in near-darkness to end the week on 18 under and stay clear of nearest challenger Thomas Detry.

Andrew ‘Beef’ Johnston finished three strokes back in tied-third alongside Thomas Pieters and overnight leader Connor Syme, who mixed two birdies with two bogeys in a final-round 71.

Johnston mixed four birdies with a lone bogey on Sunday
Johnston mixed four birdies with a lone bogey on Sunday

“My goal this weekend was to have no bogeys and I was able to do that, made a huge putt on 17 to keep that alive,” Horsfield told Sky Sports. “I just played solid all week and to have a nice cushion coming to the last was nice.

“I never really felt nervous or uncomfortable, maybe because I was in the situation a few weeks ago. The birdie on 14 was huge because it gave me the option to lay-up on 15, where there is so much trouble.”

Horsfield posted rounds of 67, 68, 64 and 67 at Celtic Manor
Horsfield posted rounds of 67, 68, 64 and 67 at Celtic Manor

Going into the final day a shot off the lead, Horsfield followed back-to-back birdies from the third by rolling in a 12-footer at the seventh to open up a three-stroke advantage.

Horsfield got up and down from the sand to save par at the eighth just before a two-hour weather delay due to the threat of lightning, with a run of pars when play resumed ended with a long-range birdie at the 14th.

Horsfield was playing alongside Syme on the final day
Horsfield was playing alongside Syme on the final day

Syme dropped a shot at the driveable 15th after two poor chips and then missed a close-range birdie opportunity at the 17th, where Horsfield held a 20-footer to save par and take a two-shot lead to the last.

Horsfield elected to lay up on the par-five 18th under rapidly fading light and sealed his victory with a two-putt par, moving him top of the UK Swing mini order of merit and lifting him inside the world’s top 100.

Detry matched Horsfield’s 67 to finish runner-up to the Englishman for the second time this month, having also had to settle for second at the Hero Open, while Pieters jumped into tied-third by birdieing his last four holes.

A final-hole bogey dropped Adrian Meronk into tied-sixth with John Catlin, Sami Valimaki and David Horsey, while Gavin Green carded a round-of-the-day 63 to jump into the group on 12 under.

Source : Sky Sports