Warren lands Gleneagles title
Wakefield pays for missed chances
By Andy Clarke. Last Updated: 02/09/07 6:13pm
Warren: Play-off winner
Marc Warren beat Simon Wakefield in a play-off to win the Johnnie Walker Championship at Gleneagles.
Wakefield missed two 10-foot putts to lift the title, failing to make a birdie at the last and then pushing his attempt left of the cup on the first play-off hole, again the 18th.
And the Englishman was made to pay when he could only make par on the par-five 18th a second time before Warren rolled in his four-footer for birdie and the title.
Warren was the first round leader after a flawless round of 65 and stayed in contention with successive level-par rounds of 73 on Friday and Saturday.
He made a slow start to his final round, a birdie at the second offset by three bogeys in the first five holes, the third of which left him five shots off the pace.
However, he began to make his way back up the leaderboard, reaching the turn in one-under for the round with birdies at six, seven and nine.
Three more birdies surrounded a dropped shot at the 12th and he tied with Wakefield for the lead when he picked up another birdie at 16.
A bogey at 17 could have proved decisive, but after two delightful shots he tapped in a simple birdie putt at 18 to reach his final total of 12-under.
Playing in the final group, Wakefield was unable to get onto the 18th green in two and his third shot came up short, leaving him a testing putt for birdie.
He pushed his attempt left of the hole before tapping in for a play-off.
"My coach Bob Torrance told me to stop being so hard on myself and it's an
incredible feeling to win here in Scotland," Warren said.
"I feel sorry for Simon. He was looking for his first win he had the lead for most of the day, but I managed to pip him at the post."
Martin Erlandsson and Soren Hansen finished tied for third place, one shot behind the leading pair.
Erlandsson stormed up the leaderboard and led for some time after a stunning round of 66, with eagles and the second and ninth holes helping him to reach the turn in 31.
Overnight leader Fredrik Andersson-Hed was a further shot back in fifth place, a double-bogey at the 13th ultimately proving costly after a run of three successive birdies.
Graeme Storm tied with the Swede at 10-under, doing enough to earn himself a place in the Great Britain and Ireland team for the Seve Trophy.
Storm's final round of 69 included an eagle two at the par-four 14th.