Kinhult wins 1st European Tour title at British Masters

Matt Wallace

Marcus Kinhult held his nerve in a dramatic finish at the British Masters to win his first European Tour title.

"I loved it so much out there", said Ramsay after signing for 71 to sit on 12-under-par. "I got off to a good start and just kept the momentum through the week".

"But I finished really well", he added of picking up three birdies in the last eight holes, one of which was nearly a hole-in-one at the 16th, where his 6-iron tee shot ran over the top of the hole.

"I have never felt that pressure before". Yet following a 71 which should have been so much lower, Wallace can only reflect this was one that got away as he wasted several birdie opportunities, most painfully on those final two holes.

"It was a good round, very steady really and the whole week I only made two bogeys actually, which for me is remarkable", Pepperell said.

Where Wallace fell short - namely on the Hillside greens - the Swedish 22-year-old succeeded.

"He's been a good player for a while, so it's good to see". "It was all or nothing". I don't know how I managed it but somehow I did. "The wind seemed to pick up just as we were starting, it was quite strong and in a different direction today which was interesting". "But I've loved it so far this week, playing in front of the biggest crowds of my career, and tomorrow will be a huge learning curve for both me and my caddie [Greg Milne] as we are both still learning the ropes out here". "I've been dreaming of this for a long time and to achieve it is awesome".

Elsewhere, tournament host Tommy Fleetwood struggled with his game on the final day on his way to a one-over 73 to finish in a share of eighth place on 10-under with seven others, including Martin Kaymer, Joost Luiten and Oliver Wilson.

"My own performance wasn't good particularly, from start to finish I didn't hit it great", said the Southport-born 28-year-old. "It was a good day, but I let it slip at the end", said Johnston.

"But I couldn't have asked for more from the event".

Sir Nick Faldo believes expectations surrounding Tiger Woods should be taken down "a notch or two" ahead of the US PGA Championship.

Pepperell was already in the clubhouse on 15-under after a best of the day six-under 66 and seemed to be in place for at least a play-off to defend the title he won previous year at Walton Heath.

"I think our expectations have to come down a notch or two anyway because of the weather, the temperature change for me is important, and how he will cope with getting out of the rough", said Faldo.

"Matt was leading, I was behind going in to 17. If he hits it in the rough at Bethpage Black he will not be able to scramble like he did at Augusta National".



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