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GOLF: 12th crown for Wessex ace Watson
7:00am Wednesday 18th September 2013 in Sport
WEYMOUTH’S Michael Watson achieved his 12th win of the most successful season since he turned professional 20 years ago with a two-stroke triumph at Oake Manor.
The Wessex Golf Centre professional, 43, won 11 times in his previous best year in 2011 and he made 10 winning speeches last year.
He started slowly this season and only won for the first time at Carlyon Bay on July 7.
His 12 victories have come in just 28 Pro-Ams.
He set an early lead before the worst of the wet weather set in by making six birdies, including two at the final two holes, for two halves of three-under-par 32.
He said: “I didn’t miss a green and it was a practically stress-free 64. We only had to play four holes in the rain so we had the luck of the draw. Apart from not doing very well in the order of merits I’ve probably had my best year.”
The consistent Paul Hendriksen (Dinnaton) also collected six birdies but two dropped shots pegged him back to 66. Andy Beal (Salisbury) started with a birdie and finished with two more to share second.
Richard Dinsdale (Parc) dropped a shot at the first but finished with five birdies over the final 11 holes, including the final three, to reach the same mark.
David Dixon (Enmore Park), playing in the penultimate group when the weather was at its worst, made five birdies and dropped just one shot as he also carded 66 to become the fourth runner-up.
The final heroes were tournament controller Tom Sheffield, PGA official Bob Martin and the greenstaff, whose squeegeeing of the saturated greens near the end of a long day made a finish possible.
Mark Wiggett (Dudsbury) played steadily to finish second in the Celtic Manor Celebration pro-am and equal his best finish of the season. He was joined on level par by Stuart Little (Minchinhampton).
They both made three birdies and dropped three shots.
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