Pros advice

Wesselingh pips Woosnam to Wales Senior Open

Powered by National Club Golfer


A shocked Paul Wesselingh left Ian Woosnam waiting for a long overdue victory in his homeland after a two shot victory at the Wales Senior Open.

The 53 year old from Derby conquered Celtic Manor's Roman Road course taking the title and a £37,500 first prize with a closing 67 seven under par total of 203.

Wesselingh now has eight Senior Tour titles in the three years since he joined the ranks of the over-50s, confessed that victory had been a bit of a shock to him: “I honestly thought Ian would win. I played with him in the third round of the Senior PGA Championship last week and he played so well that I felt I would have to hang on to his coat-tails to stay with him today! As it turned out, I had a perfect game plan.”

"I knew with the windy conditions I had to keep the ball under control and not to go for any tricky pins. I had been putting so well all week I had confidence in my short game and didn’t worry if I was 30 or 40 feet away. The day turned around the 11th and 12th. Woosie’s second shot spun off the green at the 11th and he took a bogey then I birdied the next to move two ahead. That was it, really.”

Woosnam, had held the overnight lead with Wesselingh, but the Welsh favourite – without a win in his native country for a quarter of a century – was unable to maintain the pace and lost out to the Englishman.

The former Masters Champion, Woosnam, carded a final round 69 for tournament total 205, and a share of second place alongside Australian Peter Fowler.

Despite the crowds providing strong support for Woosnam, it proved to be another frustrating finish for the Welshman. With the Welshman admitting: “Paul played really well and I just didn’t play good enough golf today. I hit too many wrong clubs."

Wesselingh has won back-to-back - per appearances - on the European Senior Tour having claimed the end of season MCB Tour Championhip in Mauritius last December.

He said: “It’s lovely to start the new season in Europe as I finished the last one. It’s been an unbelievable week on a course I love. Perfect, really!”

Woosnam added: “I didn’t manage to read the wind very well on any of the three days. I did appreciate the support of the Welsh galleries and the tournament is good for Wales. Hopefully I will be back again to try to win for everyone supporting me.”


Keep up to date with all the latest news & videos
Latest News
  • AG News: Koepka holds off Fleetwood to go back-to-back at Shinnecock

    Brooks Koepka put in a masterful performance to hold off a final round 63 from Tommy Fleetwood to successfully defend his US Open title at Shinnecock Hills.
    Read more

  • AG News: WITB: Brooks Koepka – U.S. Open Championship 2018

    Check out which trusty Nike driving iron and new TaylorMade driver helped Brooks Koepka to become a double US Open champion.
    Read more

  • AG News: DJ reclaims top spot in extraordinary style

    How about that for a finish! Dustin Johnson holed out for eagle on the final hole to seal the FedEx St. Jude Classic title in Memphis.
    Read more

More news
 View More Button
Latest Videos
  • TaylorMade Golf P790

    This little beauty packs a punch! Don't be deceived by the clean lines and classic design as this club can deliver unprecedented distances.
    Read more

  • Video: TaylorMade HI-TOE Wedge

    TaylorMade have designed the HI-TOE wedge for greater versatility around the greens, engineered to provide incredible chips, flops, pitches, explosion shots, and even shots out of the rough.
    Read more

  • Video: Tiger talks M3 & M4 Woods

    “From the creation of the first metalwood in 1979, TaylorMade has established a legacy of breaking from tradition to reach new thresholds of performance. In 2018, we have once again uncovered a new frontier of driving potential.
    Read more

More news
View More Button