Horsey bolts to maiden title

6/27/2010 2:32:41 PM
David Horsey  (Getty Images)
David Horsey (Getty Images)

Unlike in South Africa it was a case of England 1 Germany 0 in Munich when 25 year old David Horsey came charging through from five behind for his first European Tour victory.

Just when it looked as though local hope Alex Cejka might be in a play-off for the BMW International Open Horsey birdied two of the last three holes to grab the €333,030 first prize, although his day was not quite perfect as England's footballers were thrashed by Germany.

And it ended up an English one-two when Ross Fisher eagled the par five 18th to take the runners-up spot one shot behind his compatriot.

The finish of the event was brought forward to avoid a clash with the World Cup showdown in South Africa and Manchester United fan Horsey, who stayed on to watch the game, commented: "Now I hope we can win and top the day off."

That was not to be, although there was the consolation of his bogey-free closing round of 67 gave him an 18 under par total of 270, but as he celebrated Welshman Bradley Dredge and Spaniard Pablo Larrazabal were left wondering what might have been.

Both double-bogeyed the 319 yard 16th when leading, whereas Cheshire-based Horsey, a teammate of Rory McIlroy in the 2007 Walker Cup, pitched over the water to eight feet and made the birdie putt.

He was trying to avoid the leaderboards at that stage and laying up on the 568 yard last might have cost him dear, but instead he played another superb approach and holed from six feet for another birdie.

With Fisher finishing as he did Dredge, Cejka and Larrazabal had to settle for a share of third place with another Englishman, Kenneth Ferrie, and another Spaniard, Rafael Cabrera-Bello.

Dredge had led from the opening day and had only one bogey in his first 63 holes, but it all started to go wrong for him when he three-putted the tenth.

He did the same on the short 12th, missing from under 12 feet, and  Larrazabal, who had eagled the 11th, took over at the top with a birdie on the 15th.

First the Barcelona player pitched into the edge of the lake, splashed out over the green and duffed a chip - as he did on the 17th to drop another shot.

Then Dredge, suddenly back in front, missed his pitch to the 16th as well. He was lucky to avoid the water, but also went over the green and his chip back almost ran into the hazard.

His six left him needing an albatross on the last to tie. Argentina's Rafa Echenique got one on the hole last year, but the best Dredge could do was birdie.

Horsey, winner of The Challenge Tour in his first full season as a professional, said: "It's unbelievable and it's not sunk in yet."

"Coming down the last I didn't know what was going on. I just wanted to concentrate on what I was doing.

"The last few weeks have been a bit of a struggle (having missed three cuts in a row) and I just wanted to relax this week.

"This win is what I've been trying to get for over a year. I felt I was good enough coming out on Tour, but maybe I put a little bit too much pressure on myself."

Larrazabal blamed poor preparation by himself and his brother - he caddies for him - for his blunder on the 16th.

He said: "I thought I had only three or four metres (of green) behind the flag, but I had eight. These things you do in practice on Tuesday and Wednesday.

"I lost the tournament there. It was a big mistake from us."