Stuart Little bridged a seven-year gap when he carried off the Rolex Trophy by two shots despite a bogey at the final hole in Geneva. The 34 year old left-hander's last Challenge Tour success was in the same tournament in 1994 and on that occasion he also won by two strokes.
"There was a felling of deja vu about it," he said after carding a 69 for 271, 17 under par, and a two-stroke victory from Switzerland's Andre Bossert, with Scotland’s Greig Hutcheon, Peter Hedblom from Sweden, and another Englishman, Grant Hamerton sharing third place on 274.
Starting the day as joint leader with Hamerton on 14 under, Little opened with a bogey but then carded five birdies before that dropped shot at the last.
"I thought that might prove expensive but in the end I had two strokes to spare," he said.
Bossert also closed with 69, while Hutcheon returned the best score of the day, a 67. Hedblom returned 68, and Hamerton, joint overnight leader with Little, slipped back with 72.
Another Scot, Scott Drummond, matched Hutcheon with 67 of his own to climb to joint sixth on 275 with England’s Simon Wakefield, who returned 72, and Wolfgang Huget from Germany with 71.
Alberto Binaghi from Italy also signed for 67 to end joint ninth with three more Englishmen, Michael Archer, Mark Foster, and Andrew Marshall.