Eales in seventh heaven after winning Scottish Senior Open

LANCASHIRE’S  Paul Eales claimed his first victory in 22 years as he secured a maiden European Senior Tour title at the Prostate Cancer UK Scottish Senior Open. The Southport-based professional trailed the overnight leader, former European Tour Number One Ronan Rafferty, by seven shots, starting the day on seven under par.

EalesHe moved to eight under par with a birdie on the second hole, but bogeyed the par three eighth hole to make the turn level par on the day.

A run of consecutive birdies on the 10th, 11th and 12th holes saw him shoot up the leaderboard, and he held his nerve on the 18th hole with a birdie putt from ten feet to take a one-shot lead with two groups left to finish their rounds, carding a final round four under par 68.

The 53 year old, pictured with the trophy, becomes the seventh player to win on the Challenge Tour, European Tour and European Senior Tour, adding to his victories in the 1991 Audi Open and 1994 Extremadura Open.

“That is the special thing, knowing that I’d won on the Challenge Tour on the way up, on the European Tour and now here,” said Eales. “It’s extremely special and I know I’ve now joined a small band of brothers who have won on all three Tours.

“It’s special to come to Archerfield, one of my favourite places on the planet. To win a title in Scotland, the home of golf, is a privilege.”

Eales admitted he was unaware of his position on the leaderboard after his run of birdies, as he then found himself alongside Peter Fowler, Santiago Luna and Rafferty.

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