Oliver Wilson claimed an emotional second DP World Tour victory at Made in HimmerLand after the Englishman put on a stunning display down the stretch to overcome Ewen Ferguson by a shot.
It was a dramatic finale in Denmark and it was Wilson who provided most of the fireworks, which began with a monster birdie putt which found the cup at the 13th, before his chip at the 14th horse-shoed around the cup to just miss out on a second successive birdie.
The former Ryder Cup player continued to entertain the crowds with a superb birdie at the 16th – one of just six birdies all day at the short par three known as HimmerLand Hill. He then drained a 65-foot birdie putt at the 17th to edge into a one-shot lead over Ferguson, who moments before had signed for a 66 to post a 20 under total.
A testing tee shot awaited Wilson at the 18th, but he smashed it down the middle, before a nerveless approach left him 20 feet for a two-putt par, a four under 67 and a 21 under winning total.
That earned the 41-year-old a first DP World Tour title since the 2014 Alfred Dunhill Links Championship, moving him to 28th in the DP World Tour Rankings and earning him a spot in this week’s BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth.
Wilson said: “I was so confident, I knew I could get the job done. Everything I’ve done up to this point to rebuild my game and I knew I could do it. I was so in control, I almost enjoyed the last hole!”
“It’s pretty special, I’m so proud of myself. I’ve got a great team around me and there are other people who have helped me get to where I am today. The list goes on, everybody who knows me has been pulling me along to help figure this game out. I don’t think I’m there yet, but I feel like there’s a lot ahead of me, and I’m so pleased to get win number two. My game has been trending in the right direction with my stats and my results.
“I guess it was my day, but I feel like I deserved it. I missed a bunch of short putts today, but I guess 18 years’ experience gets you to hang in there and, to get it over the line, it feels good, so good.
He added: “I have to give a shout out to Callaway. They have spent a lot of time with me over the last two months working with me on my driver set up. I’ve done a lot of work with them and it’s started pay off in the last couple of weeks. All of my sponsors – Callaway, True Links and Peter Millar – have been through some of my dark times and they all stuck with me, so this is for them as well.”
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