Birdie finish clinches tournament victory

Tournament winner Sam Connor. Picture by Ian Horrocks/HotelPlanner.com PGA EuroPro Tour
Tournament winner Sam Connor. Picture by Ian Horrocks/HotelPlanner.com PGA EuroPro Tour
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Sam Connor birdied the last to win the Dawson & Sanderson Foreign Exchange Classic after a windy final round at Longhirst Hall Golf Club.

The Alsager Golf & Country Club player finished two shots ahead of second-place Christopher Evans, who bogeyed the 18th, in the HotelPlanner.com PGA EuroPro Tour event.

He carded a final-round 76 on the par-72 Dawson Course, which saw players contending with strong and gusty winds similar to those at the Irish Open last weekend.

He was one under coming down the last and played a superb approach shot before making a short downhill putt for birdie.

The 23-year-old said he was in shock after achieving his first win on the EuroPro Tour.

“You work so hard towards this and I cannot put it in words how it feels,” he added.

Connor had been neck-and-neck with Evans in the closing stages of the tournament after dropping four shots in the space of five holes from 13 to 17.

However, his birdie at the last put pressure on Evans to equal his three for a play-off, but the Wishaw Golf Club player faltered with a five.

Jason Timmis (Wychwood Park Golf Club) finished third on one over.

Highlights of the event air on Sky Sports this Tuesday.