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Scotland wins after last-hole horror show from Busby

Scotland wins after last-hole horror show from Busby

August 12th, 2010

ZANE Scotland has clinched an incredible victory on the PGA EuroPro Tour after a last-hole horror show from leader James Busby handed him the title.

Scotland had already finished and Busby held a one-shot lead going into the par-five 18th but fired a double bogey seven as Scotland won by one shot.

It completed a remarkable three days at the ABC Solutions UK Championship at De Vere Wychwood Park in Crewe as the lead repeatedly changed hands before Scotland clinched the £10,000.

Scotland, 28, who hails from Banstead, Surrey, peaked at the right time as his last day score of four-under was the best round of Thursday’s play.

“In golf one of the best parts of our sport is that no one wishes anyone down,” said Scotland, who made the cut at The Open last month. “I’m really happy I won but gutted for James that he didn’t get to finish it off.

“I’ve been in the same position where I’ve messed it up in the last few holes but the next time you get in that scenario you are more determined and think ‘I’m going to win it now’.

“James is a really good player, played great all week so he will get that opportunity to win again and I wish him well.

“This was the first time I’ve won a tournament like that and it was pretty dramatic. I had a nervous wait to see what happened and I knew a total of five-under was a decent effort.

“The victory gives me a bit of confidence coming into the end of the season and I’ll be going to the European Qualifying School soon and the US Tour qualifying as well.

“This was my first EuroPro Tour event since 2007 and I’ve always enjoyed playing them. There is always a great atmosphere, everyone is friendly, it’s well-run and it has a nice feel as you know it’s full of the future stars.”

At the start of the last day three men – Ian Keenan, James Heath and Tim Dykes – shared the lead on five-under but each of them drifted off the pace.

A double bogey on the 14th ended Dykes’ hopes, while Heath fell out of contention with five dropped shots in a period of six holes.

Keenan, who was hoping to move closer to a place on the Challenge Tour, had a disappointing day as bogeys at the second, sixth, 12th and 15th left him in tied 15th.

Adam Frayne (St Mellion) and Australian Scott Arnold (NSW Golf Club) finished in tied third on three-under.

A strong final round of three-under from Lawrence Dodd catapulted him into tied fifth, where he was one of ten golfers to finish on two-under.

Craig Lee and Ian Keenan, second and third on the PGA EuroPro Tour Order of Merit before this tournament, were hoping to close in on current money leader Daniel Gaunt.

Both men ended on one-under in tied 15th position but would have been hoping to finish higher up the leaderboard.

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