Saturday, March 18, 2017

Chris Williams wins Sharjah play-off

Chris Williams secured his second European Senior Tour title by beating Gary Marks in a play-off at the inaugural Sharjah Senior Golf Masters hosted by Sharjah Golf and Shooting Club, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates
The South African started the day one shot behind compatriot James Kingston but quickly raced into the lead on 14 under par with three birdies and an eagle in the space of four holes from the fourth to the seventh.
A bogey on the eighth hole saw him drop to 13 under par, where he would remain until the end of his round.
Three birdies in succession on the back nine enabled Marks tp draw level and the two parred the final hole, with Williams making a wonderful sand save, leaving just a three-foot putt to force a play-off.
Marks bogeyed the first play-off hole, and Williams, who turns 58 on Monday, holed from six feet to win his first title since the 2011 Aberdeen Brunei Senior Masters.

“I played great the first day and I’m just so excited about winning my second tournament,” he said.
“I’m two days short of my 58th birthday and you get to a point where you feel like you’re running out of years and to have won a tournament like this is a shot in the arm.
“I got a bit anxious with my second shot on the last and it went in the bunker. There wasn’t a lot of room to work with, it was a really tight shot but I played it perfectly under the circumstances.
“You can’t put into words how you feel, I’m working just as hard as I was 30 years ago because of the standard on this Tour. I’m so happy to win a tournament again.
"I hope it’s not another six years until my next win. It’s nice to get off to a start like this and it’s nice to know I’ll be back on the Tour next year with this win too.”
Sharing third place on 12 under par were Senior Tour rising stars Magnus P Atlevi and James Kingston. Atlevi carded the round of the day, a five under par 65, to move one place up the leaderboard after starting the day in fourth.
Two-time Senior Major champion Roger Chapman rounded out the top five, a three under par final round of 69, giving him a  total of ten under par.
Reigning John Jacobs Trophy holder Paul Broadhurst, who topped the Senior Tour Order of Merit in 2016, finished sixth on nine under par. 


1WILLIAMS Chris RSA-136570680002030€ 59,550
2MARKS Gary ENG-136768680002030€ 39,700
3ATLEVI Magnus P SWE-126671670002040€ 24,812
3KINGSTON James RSA-126866700002040€ 24,812
5CHAPMAN Roger ENG-107067690002060€ 17,984
6BROADHURST Paul ENG-97067700002070€ 15,880
7BOSSERT André SUI-86771700002080€ 14,292
8DODD Stephen WAL-76871700002090€ 11,380
8LUNA Santiago ESP-77070690002090€ 11,380
8TINNING Steen DEN-76671720002090€ 11,380
11CONSER Barry USA-66874680002100€ 8,178
11LINHART Pedro ESP-66972690002100€ 8,178
11SPENCE Jamie ENG-66971700002100€ 8,178
11WOLSTENHOLME Gary ENG-66772710002100€ 8,178
11ZHANG Lianwei CHN-67070700002100€ 8,178
16THELEN Tim USA-57070710002110€ 6,749
17MONASTERIO Cesar ARG-47369700002120€ 6,173
17QUIROS Juan ESP-46973700002120€ 6,173
19DENNIS Clark USA-36676710002130€ 5,220
19McGOVERN Brendan IRL-37271700002130€ 5,220
19RUSNAK Gary USA-36776700002130€ 5,220
19WESSELINGH Paul ENG-37070730002130€ 5,220
23BRAND JNR Gordon SCO-27268740002140€ 4,082
23BROWN Simon P ENG-27268740002140€ 4,082
23FOWLER Peter AUS-27172710002140€ 4,082
23MANSON Gordon AUT-27368730002140€ 4,082
23MARTIN Miguel Angel ESP-26772750002140€ 4,082
23MOULAND Mark WAL-27270720002140€ 4,082
29EALES Paul ENG-17370720002150€ 3,434
29LANE Barry ENG-16975710002150€ 3,434
31HARWOOD Mike AUS07076700002160€ 3,136
31MITCHELL Peter ENG07568730002160€ 3,136
31SHERBORNE Andrew ENG07271730002160€ 3,136
34DAVIS Mark ENG+17172740002170€ 2,779
34EMERSON Gary ENG+17468750002170€ 2,779
34GOLDING Philip ENG+17371730002170€ 2,779
34RUSSELL David J ENG+17177690002170€ 2,779
38WALTON Philip IRL+27273730002180€ 2,580
39DRUMMOND Ross SCO+37075740002190€ 2,382
39FARRY Marc FRA+37173750002190€ 2,382
39HALL Jeff ENG+37472730002190€ 2,382
39WILSON Peter T ENG+37078710002190€ 2,382
43CARRILES José Manuel ESP+47371760002200€ 2,104
43MEDNICK Adam SWE+47073770002200€ 2,104
43RAFFERTY Ronan NIR+47576690002200€ 2,104
46RICHARDSON Steven ENG+57672730002210€ 1,945
47RIVERO José ESP+67772730002220€ 1,865
48MACKENZIE Malcolm ENG+77375750002230€ 1,746
48SMYTH Des IRL+77475740002230€ 1,746
50BRAND Gordon J ENG+87577720002240€ 1,627
51MILLS (AM) John ENG+137675780002290€ 0
52JOB Nick ENG+147678760002300€ 1,508
52ROCCA Costantino ITA+147578770002300€ 1,508
54LARSEN Rene DEN+157578780002310€ 1,349
54SALLAT Jean Pierre FRA+157584720002310€ 1,349
56FORSBRAND Anders SWE+188078760002340€ 1,194
57SULAIMAN (AM) Ramli SIN+308086800002460€ 0



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