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Watson earns his 11th win
8:00pm Wednesday 28th August 2013 in Sport
WEYMOUTH’S Michael Watson continued his remarkable run of success by winning the St Austell Pro-Am for his 11th victory in his last 23 Pro-Ams. He has also finished second three times.
The Wessex Golf Centre professional shot two-under-par 67 to finish one clear of Anthony Nash (St Enodoc), Paul Hendriksen (Dinnaton) and Richard Sadler (Killiow).
Watson turned in two-under-par after birdies at the second and ninth, but he failed to improve after dropping shots at the 10th and 15th with birdies on the 14th and 16th.
Previous to his 11th triumph, Watson had turned the clock back 12 months when he made his victory speech after the Pro-Am at his original club Weymouth as he also won the event last year.
He shot four-under 66 to lead Dudsbury’s Mark Wiggett by three shots although success seemed unlikely after an indifferent start.
He was one over until he birdied the seventh hole. But further birdies at the 10th, 11th, 13th and 17th brought a back nine of 31.
Former European Tour winner Gary Emerson (Playgolf Bournemouth) appeared to be the favourite as he reached the 12th tee in three-under-par after making four birdies in the opening six holes.
But the 428-yard hole brought his downfall. He hit three drives out of bounds before his fourth found the fairway. He eventually signed for 12. But he battled on and recovered to share 11th.
Nicky Maddison (Saunton) led the winning team of Pat Crane, Stuart Crane and Simon Etherington on 17-under-par 123. Home pro Des Loch-rie and Tom Robson, Luke Shaw and John Nortover followed on 125.
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