Thursday, 17 January 2019
David Shacklady after winning the VTB Russian Open Golf Championship (Senior)  (European Tour)
David Shacklady after winning the VTB Russian Open Golf Championship (Senior) (European Tour)

After progressing through the Staysure Tour Qualifying School at the second time of asking and faced with the daunting prospect of hauling down former Ryder Cup star Phillip Price during the final round VTB Russian Open Golf Championship (Senior) in Moscow, some would allow David Shacklady to feel the nerves.

However, if he was nervous, it did not show. After opening rounds of 68-69, Price held a two-shot lead with 18 holes to play, with Shacklady one of four men in tied second on five under par.

Among those in the chasing pack were former European Tour Number One Ronan Rafferty and three-time Staysure Tour winner Stephen Dodd, meaning keeping in touch with those grappling at the top would have been a positive result for the rookie.

But that was not enough for the Englishman.  

Playing in the final group with Dodd and Price, Shacklady made his intentions clear from the off, carding a birdie on the first hole. Two more gains followed on the opening nine holes while Dodd made the turn at two over and Price in level par.

Suddenly, Shacklady was in the driving seat with a one-shot lead over Price at the turn. The Englishman parred his way to the 18th with great maturity to sit on eight under par, while the Welshman was one shot behind with one to play.

The pressure was too much for Price, who could not reach the 51 year old’s total, meaning Q-School graduate Shacklady was presented with a simple putt to secure victory in only his eighth start, which he rolled home comfortably to complete a great comeback and an emotional victory.

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