English Tommy Fleetwood won the Johnnie Walker Championship in a play-off at Gleneagles, for his first European Tour title win.
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Tommy, Ricardo Gonzalez and Stephan Gallagher all finished the Johnnie Walker Championship at -18 under par, which sent them into a sudden-death play-off.
The players returned to the par five 18th on the Centenary Course for the play-off. and Stephen was eliminated when failing to get up and down from a greenside bunker, missing his birdie putt from about seven feet. Ricardo had putted down to five feet, that was from just off the back of the green, then he also missed his putt, That miss left Tommy an opportunity to hole out from four feet for a winning birdie and the Title.
Tommy holed the putt and said the other two were unlucky;
“The other two guys were a little unlucky with their putts and before you know it you have a four footer for the win. God knows how I made contact. It all seemed to unravel really quickly. It just seemed to come a bit easier this week. I was nervous as hell on the first green but after that I was pretty calm. It was so tight, almost claustrophobic on the leaderboard; if you dropped a shot you went down ten places. My bogey on 15 dropped me out of the lead but it was a good one because I had duffed my way down the hole. On the 16th tee I said let’s finish like I did on Friday with three birdies and knowing what I had to do on the 18th really helped. I’d carved two drives into the trees earlier in the week and had it in my mind that I might want to hit an iron, but I knew I needed birdie and hit two great shots, driver and five iron, onto the green. I wish it started a week earlier but The Ryder Cup is a long way off. It’s a lifetime goal but whether that’s next year or down the line doesn’t matter as long as I can achieve it. It was a nice play-off to be part of. They are two really nice guys, Ricardo and Stevie. I hit two great golf shots and two good putts and that’s all you can do. To win my first Tour event feels absolutely amazing. It’s a lifetime goal that’s been taken care of and hopefully I can move on and win some more. To call yourself a European Tour winner is just awesome. I loved it, it was fantastic,”
Stephen was happy to get into the play-off;
” I would have taken a play-off on Monday, I was just happy to be playing to be honest. I actually hit the ball really well. It was only the short irons I was struggling with, I could not really get into my posture. On the 18th I knew I needed to hole it to have a chance. It was a great putt, just a shame I could not do it again.”
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