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Sixth time a charm

Sixth time a charm

Wesselingh only needed to par the 18th hole to win by one stroke and retain the title, but it was not meant to be as his par putt lipped-out. In hindsight it was a good thing as the amazing play to follow was the highlight of the 2014 MCB Tour Championship. The missed putt meant he dropped back to nine under par to equal the clubhouse lead of Barry Lane. And so begun a record-equalling play-off for the most holes played on the European Senior Tour, matching that of Gordon J Brand when defeating his namesake Gordon Brand Jnr in the De Vere Collection PGA Seniors Championship in 2008.

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As the sun dipped behind the clouds for the sixth time of playing the par five 18th, both players missed the green right. Lane mishit his chip and hit his birdie putt just further then tap-in distance. Wesselingh then missed a very makeable birdie putt and thought he had thrown it away, however, Lane’s ball lipped-out for par. Wesselingh then stepped up to make sure of his par and to win his second consecutive MCB Tour Championship.

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“It’s wonderful to win this title again and I feel very proud of myself," were some of his first comments after coming off the course, as well as being honest enough to confirm nerves were responsible for the three-putt on the final hole in regulation play.

“I was disappointed when I came off after normal play. I felt I had done enough. I needed to be mentally strong and David Frost, who I was playing with, had some encouraging words for me.” Having beaten both Lane and Langer in a play-off, who both represented Europe at the Ryder Cup, Wesselingh can be very proud of his performance.

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Lane was eloquent in defeat highlighting his illness early in the week, as well as the number of times he found water during regulation play but finished off to say it was a well-deserved win for Wesselingh.

South African David Frost, who took a one-shot lead into the final round, finished with a round of 71 for an eight under par total to finish in the third position.

Wesselingh’s winning cheque of €63 998.37 in earnings moved him up to 6th on the Senior Tour Order of Merit, which was won by Colin Montgomerie, and Barry Lane took home a tidy € 42 665.58.

It took six times, on the fourth playing of the MCB Tour Championship for Wesselingh to win the trophy for the second time and create the most memorable win ever, congratulations to him!

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