Slattery holds nerves to claim Madrid open

Lee Slattery withstood some late nerves on the last hole at the El Encin Golf Hotel to win the Bankia Madrid Masters in dramatic fashion, with a score of 15-under par to win the tournament.

The Englishman was three shots clear of second place Italian Lorenzo Gagli with just the 18th hole remaining after he pared the 16th and 17th holes before he put his second shot into the bunker and then in the water in a nerve-racking few minutes.

Slattery recovered however, and two-putted his way to his first European Tour victory, just one shot ahead of Gagli on 14-under par.

Ross McGowan was the leader after the first day with a score of 64 but Slattery took the lead by the end of Friday with a 66 and held it on Saturday, when he finished with a two shot lead over the chasing pack after carding a 69 and putting him on 14-under for the tournament.

Two early bogeys on the 3rd and 5th holes gave Gagli and Cesar Monasterio hope of overtaking Slattery but the 33 year-old holed five birdies in the next ten holes to pull into the lead again before suffering his final hiccup on the 18th.

World number one Luke Donald finished tied for 11th on 8-under after a steady yet unremarkable weekend saw him card a 70 and 72 on Saturday and Sunday respectively.

Paul McGinley was highest placed of the Irish after tying for 28th on 4-under par for the tournament as his last day score of 72 wasn’t enough to see him climb any higher.

The Dubliner got off to a decent start and made par in his first round before moving to 4-under by the end of Saturday after two consecutive 70’s on the second and third rounds.

Damien McGrane’s weekend in Spain was marred somewhat by his final day score of 76 that left him on 2-over par for the tournament after going into the final day on 2-under.

Despite Gareth Maybin’s good first round score of 69, his weekend play gradually declined after carding a 72, 73 and 77 respectively to leave him one behind McGrane on 3-over par by the end of Sunday.

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