Wesselingh holds off Woosie to win Welsh title

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England's Paul Wesselingh produced a superb final round of 67 to win the SSE Enterprise Wales Senior Open by two strokes on a windswept Roman Road Course at Celtic Manor.

Wesselingh (pictured above) dashed the home crowd's hopes of cheering Ian Woosnam on to his first ever victory at Celtic Manor - and his first in Wales for 25 years - when he pulled away from his fellow overnight leader with a brilliant birdie on the difficult 12th hole.

The Englishman then delivered what was effectively the killer blow on the 16th green by rolling in another birdie from eight feet. It meant he could play the final hole conservatively and make his first bogey of the day and still finish on seven under par and two clear of Woosnam and the third member of their group, Peter Fowler.

Wesselingh said: "It's wonderful to play in front of a crowd. I know most of you wanted Woosie to win so I'm sorry about that! But thank you very much to Wales for your support this week.

"I'd also like to thank the Celtic Manor Resort. I hadn't been here for a long time but it's a superb resort and the course is in wonderful condition. It's a pleasure to come here. I love the golf course and the way it is set up and I'd like to thank the head greenkeeper and his team for doing a wonderful job this week."

Wesselingh said he actually preferred playing in a slightly stronger wind on the final day as the changeable breezes of the first two days had been harder to read. It was the former club pro's eighth win on the European Senior Tour and netted him a first prize of £37,500.

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Woosnam (pictured above) had been searching for a transatlantic double in the month of May after landing his first Champions Tour win in the Insperity Invitational but he congratulated the new champion.

He said: "Paul played very well. He never does much wrong and I just did not play well enough. I didn't read the wind very well and got too many wrong clubs but overall it's been a good week and it's been great to see the Welsh people  come out and support this tournament."

Australian Fowler birdied four of the last six holes to join Woosnam as joint runner-up on five under and the only other man under par, Spain's Miguel Angel Martin, was four shots further back as the Roman Road proved a stern test in the blustery wind.

England's former Ryder Cup Captain Mark James and Switzerland's André Bossert shared fifth place on level par.

Full scores can be seen here



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Paul joined the Celtic Manor Resort in 2007 having previously worked in newspaper journalism, most recently as assistant sports editor at the Western Mail in Cardiff. Responsible for all aspects of media liaison at the resort, he wishes he had more time to improve his golf handicap of 14 and polish his excruciating puns on Twitter.

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