Friday, 19 March 2010
England's Simon Hurd ended his long wait for a maiden victory when he stormed home in the Rolex Pro-Am Trophy in Geneva.

And the 27 year old Yorkshireman did it in style, carding a closing 65 for 268, 20 under par, and a four shot winning margin from Gustavo Rojas of Argentina with another Englishman, Gary Birch Jnr, and Fredrik Widmark from Sweden joint third on 273.

Hurd has been campaigning for over five years on the Challenge Tour without reaching the winner's circle. He had never finished better than third but after a winter spent in South Africa working on his game, he came out this season more determined.

That has been reflected in his performances with seven top ten finishes before this week, suggesting a win was just around the corner.

It came over the exquisite Geneva course with that superb 65 that included birdies at the final two holes. But Hurd didn't know he had won until the final putt dropped.

"Because of the nature of the tournament there were no leaderboards on the course so I didn't know what was happening," he said. "I just kept concentrating on my game and I only missed one fairway and hit every green.

"This is a dream come true. It's everything you work for and means I'll be playing on The European Tour next year. I'm not often lost for words but this has left me gobsmacked."

Rojas finished with 68 for 272, while Widmark carded a 67. But everyone, Hurd inclouded, were upstaged by Birch Jnr, who equalled the course record with 63, having just made the cut on the limit.

The Germany-based Englishman was out in 30 with an eagle and four birdies and grabbed four more along with a bogey in a homeward 33.

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