Tommy Fleetwood made it third time lucky as he won the Hero Challenge at Liverpool Waters Princes Dock ahead of the Betfred British Masters.
The innovative quickfire event was making its first appearance of 2019 and featured tournament host Fleetwood, fellow Englishman Matt Wallace, two time Major Champion Martin Kaymer, Ladies European Tour star Charley Hull, Hero Indian Open champion Stephen Gallacher and popular Frenchman Alexander Levy.
With big crowds lining the waterside in Liverpool for the usual mix of fireworks and fun, Fleetwood racked up a massive 250 points in the final to beat Wallace after misssing out in his two previous Hero Challenge appearances.
“I’ve not done well in these before, so if I had to pick one to win it would definitely be this one,” he said.
“Charley really pushed me in that semi-final - I was one shot away from being out. She was relentless, I knew it was going to be hard work when she was disappointed that she only scored 25 points with her first shot.
“I didn’t miss the target once in 22 shots, so I’m really happy with that. It was great having the home support in the final too.”
Vernon Kay was our host, aided by two time European Tour winner Anthony Wall, and Kaymer got proceedings under way in his first round match with Wallace and Fleetwood.
The players had 90 seconds to hit a maximum of ten balls at a target with four rings worth five, ten, 25 and 50 points, and the player with the lowest score was eliminated.
Kaymer hit a bullseye with his third shot en route to scoring 65 points but he was soon eliminated as Wallace and Fleetwood put on a clinic.
Wallace racked up 230 points with three bullseyes - one of which hit the pin - while Fleetwood registered 160 as he scored with every single shot.
In the second first round match, Gallacher scored 100 points from his last three balls but he hit his final shot after the hooter to total 105.
Levy - a former Hero Challenge winner - scored 110 to progress and while Hull only hit eight balls in her 90 seconds, that was plenty, with four 25s and a bullseye that hit the pin handing her 150 points.
The players were handed six balls each in the semi-finals, hitting alternate shots, and Wallace applied early pressure with three 25s in his first four shots, beating Levy with a ball to spare and guaranteeing an all English final.
The second semi-final was a classic, as Hull put the pressure on with a bullseye with her third ball but Fleetwood made one with his fourth.
A Hull ace with her final ball meant Fleetwood needed to do the same and he duly delivered.
The final ball was worth double in the final but Fleetwood did not need it, registering scores of 25-25-50-50-50 to win with a ball to spare before finishing by hitting the 25 ring.