Scottish golfing ace wins Titleist and FootJoy PGA Professional Championship at Hunstanton
Alastair Forsyth confirmed what had been regarded as a cast-iron certainty since the halfway point of the Titleist and FootJoy PGA Professional Championship at Hunstanton by winning it.
The Scot had begun the fourth and final round 11 shots clear of the field and that was the state of play at the end of it after he signed off with a four-under-par round of 68 for a four-round total of 263.
Forsyth finished on 25-under in what was the lowest total posted since the tournament began in 1973.
He attributed his success to a liking for a course that suited his game and almost unerring precision with his irons.
No matter where his ball landed off the tee, it was as though his approach shots were radio-controlled.
Two bogeys in 72-holes is testament to the accuracy of his game and his affinity with a course regularly rated among the top 100 in Great Britain and Ireland.
“Sometimes a course fits your eye,” admitted Forsyth, who qualified as a PGA professional last year.
“I was looking forward to playing the course because I’d heard a lot of good reports about it. I played it for the first time in a practice round on Monday and really enjoyed it.
“The course suits my game – my long game has been solid for a couple of years now and if you stay out of the bunkers and keep to the fairways there are good opportunities to score."
In addition to claiming the £10,000 winner’s cheque and booking his place in the Great Britain and Ireland PGA Cup team that will tackle the USA in Texas in late September, Forsyth finished 13 shots ahead of Paul O’Hara, his compatriot and rival on the Tartan Tour.
O’Hara, who began the day sharing second place with Jordan Godwin on 10-under, finished tied fourth with Jason Levermore and Alex Wrigley on 12-under. Godwin, meanwhile, shared seventh spot with Sion Bebb and John Wells on 10-under.
Second place was annexed by England’s Richard Wallis who, in posting a seven-under-par round to finish on 14-under, prevented a Scottish one-two involving Forsyth and Craig Lee.
Lee, like Wallis his playing partner, made a late ascent of the leaderboard with his best round of the tournament – a six-under-par 66 to claim third place.