Wesselingh pips Woosnam to Welsh winMay, 2015
Woosnam is without a win in his home nation for nearly 25 years
A shocked Paul Wesselingh left Ian Woosnam waiting for a long overdue victory in his homeland after a two shot victory at the Wales Senior Open.
The 53 year old from Derby conquered Celtic Manor’s Roman Road course taking the title and a £37,500 first prize with a closing 67 seven under par total of 203.
Wesselingh now has eight Senior Tour titles in the three years since he joined the ranks of the over-50s, confessed that victory had been a bit of a shock to him: “I honestly thought Ian would win.
“I played with him in the third round of the Senior PGA Championship last week and he played so well that I felt I would have to hang on to his coat-tails to stay with him today!
“As it turned out, I had a perfect game plan.
“I knew with the windy conditions I had to keep the ball under control and not to go for any tricky pins.
“I had been putting so well all week I had confidence in my short game and didn’t worry if I was 30 or 40 feet away.
“The day turned around the 11th and 12th. Woosie’s second shot spun off the green at the 11th and he took a bogey then I birdied the next to move two ahead.
“That was it, really.”
Woosnam, had held the overnight lead with Wesselingh, but the Welsh favourite – without a win in his native country for a quarter of a century – was unable to maintain the pace and lost out to the Englishman.
The former Masters Champion, Woosnam, carded a final round 69 for tournament total 205, and a share of second place alongside Australian Peter Fowler.
Despite the crowds providing strong support for Woosnam, it proved to be another frustrating finish for the Welshman. With the Welshman admitting: “Paul played really well and I just didn’t play good enough golf today.
“I hit too many wrong clubs.”
Wesselingh has won back-to-back – per appearances – on the European Senior Tour having claimed the end of season MCB Tour Championhip in Mauritius last December.
He said: “It’s lovely to start the new season in Europe as I finished the last one.
“It’s been an unbelievable week on a course I love. Perfect, really!”
Woosnam added: “I didn’t manage to read the wind very well on any of the three days.
“I did appreciate the support of the Welsh galleries and the tournament is good for Wales.
“Hopefully I will be back again to try to win for everyone supporting me.”
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