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Wednesday, 15 August 2018
Julian Suri  (Getty Images)
Julian Suri (Getty Images)

Julian Suri claimed his maiden European Tour title after seeing off the challenge of David Horsey in a thrilling final round at the 2017 Made in Denmark.

American Suri produced a flawless final round of 64  to finish the week on 19 under par and secure his first victory in his seventh European Tour event.

Horsey was one stroke adrift of playing partner Suri as they stood at the 18th tee, but finished four shots back in second after carding a disappointing triple-bogey at the last.

Suri, who won the D+D REAL Czech Challenge earlier in the year, became the third American to win on the European Tour and Challenge Tour, following in the footsteps of Brooks Koepka and Peter Uihlein.

He said: "To have seven birdies and be bogey-free in the final round was really solid. I'm pretty proud of that.

"It was a blast out there. Especially in that atmosphere with the fans. It was really cool. Everybody is so enthusiastic out there, with such genuine appreciation for the game and spectacle. I just wanted to soak it up as much as I could.  

"I feel like my game belongs at the top of the game. This is definitely something I've worked for and kind of expected for a long time.
But to finally come out and do it, especially after the string of good finishes this summer, is really special."

Suri began the day two shots behind overnight leader Horsey, but picked up an early birdie at the second after sending his tee shot to within three feet of the pin.

He then took the outright lead when he sank a birdie putt from six feet at the third, before picking up another shot at the fourth to make it three birdies in a row.

After making another gain at the seventh, Suri knocked in his six-foot birdie putt at the eighth to move to 17 under.

With Suri reeling off five straight pars from the ninth, Horsey joined him at the summit after making back-to-back gains at the 11th and 12th. The pair holed similar birdie putts from around 12 feet at the 14th to get to 18 under.

Suri then rolled in an excellent putt from around 15 feet at the next to open up a one-shot lead. After safely finding the fairway with his tee-shot at the last, Suri finished with a par to lift the trophy.

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T2BROWN, StevenENG18-19
5VAN ROOYEN, ErikRSA18-18
6BJERREGAARD, LucasDEN18-17

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