European Tour

Sam Horsfield claims maiden European Tour win at English Open

Sam Horsfield (Getty)
Sam Horsfield (Getty)

England's Sam Horsfield held his nerve to claim a maiden European Tour title at the English Open on Sunday.

Horsfield took a one-shot lead into the final round at the Forest of Arden near Birmingham and carded a closing 68 to finish 18 under par, a shot ahead of Belgium's Thomas Detry.

Detry had recorded his ninth birdie of the day on the 17th to move into the lead for the first time, only to bogey the last after seeing his par putt from three feet catch the edge of the cup and stay out.

That left Horsfield needing to play the last two holes in one under par.

He birdied the par-five 17th and after a cautious tee shot on the last, safely two-putted for par to complete a closing 68 and one-shot victory.

"It's special," said the Florida-based Horsfield, who won the European Tour qualifying school in 2017.

"With everything that's going on in the world right now I'm thankful that the European Tour has been able to put on tournaments for us to play. I've been in Orlando for the last three months and I felt like my game was right there.

"I played decently last week (in the British Masters), had a pretty bad finish, but I kept the positives from that and played pretty solid all week."

England's Chris Paisley, Welshman Oliver Farr and Sweden's Alexander Bjork shared third place on 14 under par.

Spain's Miguel Angel Jimenez, playing in a record 707th European Tour event, fired a final round even-par 72 to finish seven under for the tournament, 11 shots behind the winner.

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