A final round 64 saw Paul Wesselingh win the IPS HANDA PGA Seniors Championship by four shots from Angel Franco
Last Updated: 11/06/13 11:26am
Former Ryder Cup captain Ian Woosnam had to settle for third at De Vere Mottram Hall
Paul Wesselingh successfully defended his IPS HANDA PGA Seniors Championship title in style as he hit a final round 64 at De Vere Mottram Hall.
The lowest score of the week ensured the Englishman was not only able to hold his one-shot lead but extend it as he eventually finished four shots clear of Angel Franco.
Wesselingh ended up 20-under-par as he left the field in his wake during a flawless final round. Scores of 66 and 65 for Paraguayan Franco and Ian Woosnam, respectively, were enough to keep the pressure on Wesselingh but the 51-year-old showed few signs of nerves as he birdied the final hole to round off a fantastic week.
(GB and Ire unless stated)
-20 P Wesselingh
-16 A Franco (Par)
-15 I Woosnam
-12 M Cunning (US)
-12 S Tinning (Den)
Five birdies in his first ten holes were followed by another three in a row from the 14th hole by which time any lingering hopes the chasing pack had of catching him were effectively over.
It was Wesselingh's second successive victory in the tournament, after triumphing last year in only his third start on the European Senior Tour, and he was understandably delighted.
"It is unbelievable, I just can't believe I've done it," he said. "I couldn't believe I'd done it last year, and I can't believe I've done it again this year.
"To win it two years on the trot with this quality of field is incredible. I just played the best I've ever played today, and my putter went red hot, I just holed everything."
Franco was the nearest challenger and after a bogey-free round the Paraguayan was pleased with how the tournament went for him.
"It is good for me because the course is difficult with very tricky greens, but it is a good start to the season for me as the practice I have put in with my putter and my driver has paid off," he said.
Former world No.1 Woosnam was also pleased and promised there was more to come from him: "There's still room for improvement but my game's definitely getting there, so hopefully I can kick on next week and for the rest of the season."