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Mission Accomplished Senior Lyle ends title wait with stellar display at Mission Hills

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wo-time Major Champion Sandy Lyle captured an emotional the eighteenth with a two-shot lead rather than a first tournament victory in 19 years with a hard fought win one-shot lead when you've not won for so long." in the inaugural ISPS Handa Senior World Championship Lyle, who is an ambassador for title sponsor presented by Mission Hills China last month. ISPS, had given warning of an impending Lyle had been without a victory since winning the last of return to the winners’ enclosure when he started his 18 European Tour titles in the 1992 Volvo Masters but the the 2011 season by finishing runner up in the Scot brought that barren run to a commanding end with a flawless final round Handa Australian Senior Open and tied fifth in 70 over the World Cup Course at Mission Hills to finish on 12-under-par 204, the Handa Cup Senior Masters in Japan to lead three strokes clear of Australian Peter Fowler. the European Senior Tour Order of Merit. “You wonder after about four or five years whether you’ll ever win again let The 1985 Open Champion and 1988 Masters alone nearly 20, so this is very special,” said the 53 year old. “I joined the Senior Champion extended his advantage at the top Tour and it didn’t happen as quickly as I expected it to so you do have doubts. to €51,783 courtesy of collecting the €37, 484 My trophy cabinet has been gathering dust over the years so I feel relieved to get first prize, with 2010 Order of Merit winner a win and it’s even better that it’s here in China on this course. This answers a lot Boonchu Ruangkit moving into second place of questions I had about myself.” courtesy of finishing tied eighth along with Ian The five-time Ryder Cup player began the final round with a two-shot Woosnam at Mission Hills. Fowler’s closing 71 advantage and never looked like relinquishing it despite Fowler’s enduring for second place represented his best finish on challenge, which only ran out of steam over the last two holes. the Senior Tour following an injury plagued Lyle birdied the second hole before picking up another shot on the sixth and two years. Paraguay’s Angel Franco was third while Fowler moved within one shot of him with a birdie on the signature par- on seven-under-par after also signing for a 71. five sixteenth, the Australian then bogeyed the next hole to restore Final Standings Lyle’s cushion. 1 Sandy Lyle 68 66 70 204 €37,484 A par on the closing hole – where he had dropped his only shot of the tournament in the second round – compared to another bogey by 2 Peter Fowler 67 69 71 207 €24,989 Fowler was enough to give Lyle a victory that he admitted was one of 3 Angel Franco 69 69 71 209 €17,493 the most meaningful in his 34-year professional career. 4= Mark Belsham 71 74 66 211 €11,008 “This victory is very sweet as it’s obviously been such a long time,” Bobby Lincoln 74 68 69 211 €11,008 said Lyle. “I said a couple of years ago that I’d be happy just to win a Juan Quiros 70 71 70 211 €11,008 Par Three contest – it had been that long. Noel Ratcliffe 68 74 69 211 €11,008 “I showed a lot of patience this week. I only made one bogey in 8= Boonchu Ruangkit 72 69 71 212 €7,497 three rounds which is way beyond my norm. Usually I’d make at least Ian Woosnam 73 68 71 212 €7,497 four or five but I was very consistent. I wouldn't say it was easy today 10 Tony Johnstone 75 64 74 213 €6,247 and I certainly didn't run away with it but it was a lot nicer going to 76

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Shenzhen Spectacle (clockwise from top): Boonchu Ruangkit; Ian Woosnam; Peter Fowler; Sam Torrance; Angel Franco; Lyle with Mission Hills' Tenniel Chu and Midori Miyazaki of ISPS

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