American Marco Dawson silenced big guns Colin Montgomerie and Bernhard Langer to emerge a shock winner of the British Senior Open at Sunningdale yesterday.
But full credit to the little known American who fired a sparkling closing 64 to win the title by one shot from German Langer.
Thanks to a pair of eagles, Dawson edged out Langer, twice US Masters champion, and Montgomerie in the final round to claim his first title in only his fourth European Senior Tour appearance.
“This is unbelievable,” said Dawson, who played over 400 events on the US PGA Tour without a win.
“I can’t tell you how many hours I’ve put in on the range. I’ve had two back surgeries to prove it, and I know it has come later than most of the guys. But it came true.”
Monty (-13), who won his second senior US PGA title in May and lifted last year’s senior U.S. Open, will be kicking himself: he led by two strokes after nine holes but was overtaken by Dawson who finished on -16.
Dawson holed a brilliant 20ft birdie putt on the final green to clinch the trophy.
Miguel Angel Jimenez finished fourth on -11 after a closing 67.