Andrew Johnston wins in Spain
The man they call ‘Beef’ has his first win on Tour after a last-round 70 edged out Joost Luiten with a fast-finishing tournament host Sergio Garcia two back. NCG columnist James Morrison tied for fourth with Soren Kjeldsen.
The halfway cut came at 10 over and Johnston’s winning total of plus one was the first over-par aggregate since Ian Woosnam in the Scottish Open at Carnoustie in 1996.
The Englishman three-putted the 14th but a 20-footer two holes later proved to be crucial as Luiten was unable to make any progress over the back nine. Garcia was three back with three to play after a bogey at 15 but a long birdie at the next and a two-putt birdie at the famous 17th turned things around.
However a flyer at the last, an 8-iron from 195 yards, saw him overshoot the final green and drop a shot.
What Johnston said: “I came off the course and I just started crying with the emotion of it. I don’t think it will hit me for a few days.
“I had a good year last year which gave me confidence. The goal this year was to get a win and I can’t believe it has happened this quick. It is what you dream of, to have your name on a trophy alongside so many special names like Seve, Faldo and Langer. You see them winning these tournaments so to put mine on there feels pretty ridiculous really. It really does.”