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Englishman Sam Horsfield claims his FIRST European Tour title

Englishman Sam Horsfield shoots superb final round of 68 to claim his FIRST European Tour title at the Hero Open

  • Sam Horsfield managed to win his first European Tour title at the Hero Open 
  • Horsfield carded a closing 68 to finish 18 under par at the Forest of Arden 
  • Belgium’s Thomas Detry finished in second place despite recording nine birdies 

England’s Sam Horsfield held his nerve to claim a maiden European Tour title in the Hero Open at the Forest of Arden.

Horsfield took a one-shot lead into the final round 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.

England’s Sam Horsfield won his first European Tour title in the Hero Open on Sunday

That left Horsfield needing to play the last two holes in one under par and he did not hesitate to take on the approach to the par-five 17th, a towering  fairway wood from 238 yards over the water setting up a two-putt birdie from just over the green.

A cautious tee shot on the last left the 23-year-old around 50 feet from the hole, but he safely two-putted for par to complete a closing 68 and one-shot victory.

Horsfield took a one-shot lead into final round and carded a closing 68 to finish 18 under par

Thomas Detry of Belgium finished in second place despite recording nine birdies

‘It’s crazy. I can’t (describe my emotions),’ Horsfield told Sky Sports. ‘On 17 we wanted to leave a good number and I hit a great shot there.’

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




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