Sunday, August 21, 2016

Scottish Senior Open at Archerfield report and scores link

Raffery fades and Eales from Essex steps in 

to score first win in 22 years

Paul Eales from Epping, Essex claimed his first victory in 22 years as he secured a maiden European Senior Tour title at the Prostate Cancer UK Scottish Senior Open at Archerfield Links, East Lothian.

Eales, pictured right by courtesy of Getty Images(c),  trailed the overnight leader, former European Tour Number One Ronan Rafferty, by seven shots, starting the day on seven under par.
He moved to eight under par with a birdie on the second hole, but bogeyed the par three eighth hole to make the turn level par on the day.
A run of consecutive birdies on the 10th, 11th and 12th holes saw him shoot up the leaderboard, and he held his nerve on the 18th hole with a birdie putt from ten feet to take a one-shot lead with two groups left to finish their rounds, carding a final round four under par 68.
The 53 year old becomes the seventh player to win on the Challenge Tour, European Tour and European Senior Tour, adding to his victories in the 1991 Audi Open and 1994 Extremadura Open.
“That is the special thing, knowing that I’d won on the Challenge Tour on the way up, on the European Tour and now here,” said Eales. “It’s extremely special and I know I’ve now joined a small band of brothers who have won on all three Tours.
“It’s special to come to Archerfield, one of my favourite places on the planet. To win a title in Scotland, the home of golf, is a privilege.”
The Englishman admitted he was unaware of his position on the leaderboard after his run of birdies, as he then found himself alongside Peter Fowler, Santiago Luna and Rafferty.
“I didn’t make many mistakes until the eighth when I missed a little tap-in, but Sharon (his wife/caddie) encouraged me on the tenth tee and that became a bit of a springboard,” he said.
“It wasn’t until I made it to the 14th green when you could see that the other guys were coming back. I knew I was in amongst it then.
“I putted on 17 and saw I was tied for the lead, so I thought ‘let’s see what happens down 18’. I pulled my shot to the green a little bit in the wind but it was just a question of picking my putting line and rolling it down; it went centre-cut and was brilliant.”
Eales reserved special praise for his wife Sharon, who caddies for him on the Senior Tour, crediting her for her part in a memorable weekend on the D J Russell-designed Fidra course.
“Without her I wouldn’t have been here,” he said. “Most players will tell you on Tour there are a lot of scars and she’s encouraged me, nursing the wounds along the way and we have had a blast here.
“It’s very special, and to get some of the congratulations from my peers and fellow players was also special.”
Australian Fowler carded a final round 67 to share second place with Spaniard Luna, who shot 74.
Fowler’s compatriot Mike Harwood finished two shots behind Eales, nine under par, and former European Ryder Cup Captain Mike James shared fifth place with Rafferty and Gary Wolstenholme.
Rafferty faded with a final round of 78 after leading with scores of
63 and 67.

Par 216 (3x72). Prizemoney in euros
205 P Eales (England) 68 69 68 (43,725)
206 P Fowler (Australia) 66 73 67, S Luna (Spain) 67 65 74 (24,777 each).
207 M Harwood (Australia) 67 66 74 (16,032)
208 G Wolstenholme (England) 69 68 71, M James (England) 67 67 74, R Rafferty (N Ireland) 63 67 78 (11,786 each)

212 A Oldcorn (Scotland) 68 72 72, P Broadhurst (England) 68 73 71 (T14) (5,101 each).
217 G Brand jun (Scotland) 71 69 77 (T30) (2,264)
218 B Longmuir (Scotland) 71 74 73, S Torrance 73 71 74 (T36) (1,953)
219 S McAllister (Scotland) 72 68 79 (T39) (1,778) 
220 G Manson (Scotland) 74 72 74 (T42) (1,603)
222 R Drummond (Scotland) 72 70 80 (T46)( (1,399)





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