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Sunday, 24 June 2001

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Denis O'Sullivan wins Palmerston Trophy Berlin
Denis O'Sullivan wins Palmerston Trophy Berlin
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Ireland's Denis O'Sullivan must have wondered if he was in for a good tournament when he arrived at the Palmerston Golf Resort near Berlin to discover he had been assigned a local caddie called Luck and so it turned out to be when he closed with a fine 69 to romp to his third European Seniors Tour victory at the Palmerston Trophy over the new Nick Faldo course on the resort.

O'Sullivan, aided by a local caddie Tilo Luck, started the final round with a one shot advantage and he went on to finish four shots ahead of Northern Ireland's Eddie Polland and Japan’s Seiji Ebihara after a 69 that gave him a three round aggregate of four under par 212

Polland produced his third successive level par 72 and Ebihara closed with a 71 to finish tied for second place on 216 with Australia's David Good alone in fourth place on 217 after a 70.

Canada's Bill Hardwick closed with a superb four under par 68, the low round of the tournament, to share fifth place alongside England's Denis Durnian, America's Ray Carrasco and Scotland's Bernard Gallacher. The Canadian golfer also collected the £500 Hardys Wine Super Seniors prize awarded to the leading competitor over the age of 60.

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Denis O'Sullivan
Denis O'Sullivan
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"I think that's probably the best I have ever played for a whole tournament," said O'Sullivan, a former Irish amateur international who won his first two European Seniors Tour titles at last year's Dan Technology Seniors Tournament of Champions and the Abu Dhabi Seniors Tour Championship.

"I decided to widen my swing a bit after the first round of last week's tournament in Jersey and the end result is that I have hardly hit a bad shot since.

"This means an awful lot to me," he added. "Last year, when I won my first two tournaments, I did it coming from behind, but this time I was there to be shot at but I still managed retain my composure and play my golf the way I wanted to play."

O'Sullivan, who comes from Cork, won £18,721 to move into 13th place on the European Seniors Tour Order of Merit with £34,183.

Ebihara's share of second place was worth £10,404 and took him into second place on the money list with £77,936.

England's Denis Durnian, winner of the lucrative Wales Seniors Open and runner up at last week’s Microlease Jersey Seniors Masters, retains his place at the top of the Order of Merit with £113,930.

Brazil's Priscillo Diniz, winner of the Royal Westmoreland Barbados Open, stands in seventh place on the list but is liable to drop down after rupturing a muscle in his right arm during the second round at the Palmerston Golf Resort.

Diniz was forced to withdraw prior to the final round and has been advised not to play for the next three or four weeks.

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