Oliver Wilson pockets two massive birdie putts in dramatic Made in HimmerLand victory

England’s Oliver Wilson pocketed two massive birdie putts in quick succession as he dramatically ended a nearly eight-year winning streak at the Made in HimmerLand event.

World No. 745 converted from 65 feet to birdie on the 13th and amazingly repeated the feat from the same distance on the 17th to take the absolute lead.

Wilson, who hadn’t finished top 10 on the DP World Tour since a fourth-place tie in 2019, then kept his nerve to save last – hitting his drive off a small grass hill instead of a tee – to finish a shot ahead of Scot Ewen Ferguson.

“It’s kind of hit me now,” an emotional Wilson told Sky Sports as he fought back tears after graduating at 67. “Give me a minute. I said I wouldn’t cry.

“With everything I’ve done to rebuild my game, I knew I could do it. I was so calm there that I almost enjoyed the last hole. It’s pretty special.

“I am so proud of myself and have a great team around me. There have been some dark times and they have all stayed with me so this is for them too.

“I’ve tried everything to understand this game and I don’t think I’ve done it yet, but I feel like there’s still a lot to do. I’m very happy about victory number two.

“I love this place, I’ve done well here before and my game has gone in the right direction.

“If you look at my stats and results from the outside there isn’t much to shout about but there was a lot of good stuff this year, I just couldn’t put it all together.

“I missed shot after shot today and hit it so well I just stayed patient and potted two bombs on the back nine and I think it was my day but I felt like I deserved it . Getting over the border feels so good.”

Wilson had started the final round in a four-way tie for the lead with Ross McGowan, Matthew Southgate and Francesco Laporta but missed a number of good birdie opportunities when he undercut his first 12 holes in one.

Scotland’s Ewen Ferguson had to settle for second place at the Made in HimmerLand event (Peter Morrison/PA)

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Ferguson, seeking a third win of the season, started the day two strokes down but made two birdies and an eagle in the front nine and enjoyed a two-stroke lead when he also birdied the 14th.

Wilson halved the deficit with his first long birdie putt on the 13th and equalized from 14 feet on the 16th before converting again from distance on the 17th after Ferguson’s 66 put the clubhouse goal at 20 under.

Norway’s Kristian Krogh Johannessen carded a final 65 to finish third at 18 under while McGowan, Southgate, Laporta and Matthew Jordan were another shot behind.

https://www.independent.co.uk/sport/golf/sky-sports-denmark-ferguson-matthew-southgate-phil-casey-b2159572.html Oliver Wilson pockets two massive birdie putts in dramatic Made in HimmerLand victory

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