ISPS Handa World Invitational: Ewan Ferguson and Maja Stark claim tournament titles on final day | Golf News

Scotsman Ewen Ferguson, who started the week with a course-best 61, hit a final 69 to finish 12 under and win by three strokes; in the women’s tournament, Sweden’s Maja Stark took a five-stroke win with a superb closing round of 63

Last update: 08/14/22 5:30 p.m.

Maja Stark and Ewen Ferguson celebrate their wins at the 2022 ISPS Handa World Invitational

Scotland’s Ewen Ferguson claimed his second DP World Tour title of the season with a wire-to-wire victory in the ISPS Handa World Invitational.

Ferguson, who started the week with a course record 61 at Galgorm Castle and was never headed, scored a final 69 to finish 12 under, three strokes clear of close friend Connor Syme and Borja Virto .

The 26-year-old, who won the Qatar Masters in March, took a three-stroke lead in the final round but had company at the top of the leaderboard when England’s Richard Mansell covered his first 10 holes in less than five.

Ferguson responded with his third birdie of the day on the 10th and although Virto closed in one shot thanks to five birdies in seven holes around the bend, the 31-year-old Spaniard quickly bogeyed the 14th.

As Mansell wasted shots on three of the final four holes, Ferguson gained welcome respite and playing partner Syme birdied the 15th, 16th and 18th to finish second for the second week in a row.

“It’s amazing, I can’t believe how calm I was there,” Ferguson said. sky sports. “It couldn’t have worked better with Connor.

“I played with him the first two days and he was playing so, so well and I felt he was my main rival, so to be able to play with him and hold back and try to follow each other was so good and I can’t believe I’m a winner again.

“My mum and dad were supposed to be here this week but the last tournament they watched didn’t go so well so I banned them because I said I had to concentrate. My dad is probably at the club to buy all the club drinks.

“My family’s whole life revolves around me playing golf. Their happiness seems to be all about me and my golf. It’s been a good year and obviously there are times when it doesn’t happen so well so I think you have to really appreciate the moments when you’re picking up trophies.”

Stark earns five-stroke win in women’s tournament

In the women’s tournament, Sweden’s Maja Stark took a five-stroke victory with a superb closing round of 63 – a course record.

Stark, who started the day two strokes behind American Amanda Doherty, birdied 10 in a clean round and even saved the par on 18 despite approaching in the water on the par five.

“I don’t think he’s landed yet, I’ve just been so nervous all day and kind of reminded myself to keep calm and take one hit at a time, but that’s easier to say. what to do,” Stark said after posting his winning total. 20 cents.

The 22-year-old’s victory earns her an LPGA membership for the rest of this season and all of next season and she added: “It means the world, it’s all I came here for.

“I just wanted that class of winner. I hate qualifying so it’s great not having to do that again.”

American Allisen Corpuz birdied the last two holes to take second place with less than 15 under, while England’s Georgia Hall is one shot behind third.

Doherty, who had led after each of the first three rounds, had to settle for a tie for seventh after a closing 74.

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