Woosnam ends win drought in Poland

 

Ian Woosnam held his nerve in soaring temperatures to capture his first strokeplay title for more than a decade at the inaugural Parkridge Polish Seniors Championship on the European Seniors Tour.

In an epic head-to-head duel with playing partner Domingo Hospital at a sun-soaked Krakow Valley Golf and Country Club, Woosnam carded ten birdies en route to a round of 63 which smashed the course record and helped the Welshman record his first strokeplay victory since the Volvo PGA Championship in 1997.

Woosnam's 15-under-par total saw him finish one shot clear of Hospital, who birdied the last hole for a superb round of 64.

Woosnam said: "Domingo played absolutely fantastically. Every time I made a birdie he made a birdie, and vice versa. It was a terrific battle. I was pretty nervous towards the end, because it's been a while since I've been in a winning position. I haven't won a strokeplay competition since 1997, so it was nice to get that monkey off my back. I think I'll celebrate with a few beers tonight!

"It's been hard work in this heat. It's a big course and the ground's very firm, so it's just knocked my feet about a bit. It's been a tough couple of weeks, on the back of the tournament in the States. But even though I'm in a bit of pain, I'm still a happy man."

Japan's Katsuyoshi Tomori finished four shots behind Hospital in third, while Scotland's John Chillas finished in a tie for fourth with France's Philippe Dugeny after a fine round of 66.

Overnight leader Eamonn Darcy slumped to a final round 76 to finish down in 13th place.

Leading scores:

202 I Woosnam (Wal) 71 68 63
203 D Hospital (Esp) 69 70 64
207 K Tomori (Jpn) 70 68 69
208 J Chillas (Sco) 75 67 66; P Dugeny (Fra)
209 B Cameron (Eng) 67 72 70; L Carbonetti (Arg) 72 67 70; J Rivero (Esp) 73 68 68;
211 G J Brand (Eng) 70 70 71; S Ginn (Aus) 70 72 69; B Lincoln (RSA) 74 67 70; C Mason (Eng) 70 73 68
213 E Darcy (Ire) 68 69 76