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Ferguson goes wire to wire

Ewen Ferguson shot a final-round 69 to complete a wire-to-wire victory at the 2022 ISPS Handa World Invitational presented by Aviv Clinics at Galgorm Castle Golf Club.

Scotsman Ferguson started the week by firing a course-record 61 and although things got tight at the business end on Sunday, he held in his nerve to win the event — tri-sanctioned by the DP World Tour, Ladies European Tour, and LPGA Tour — with a 12-under total and three-shot margin.

Ferguson, the Commercial Bank Qatar Masters winner earlier this year, led by three overnight and stretched his advantage with a birdie at the driveable par-four second.

He gave the shot straight back at the third after finding a fairway bunker with his tee shot and Richard Mansell moved to within two thanks to three birdies in his first seven holes.

Ferguson hit back straight away, knocking his approach at the fourth to three feet and sinking the putt for a birdie only for Mansell to keep the foot down with a birdie at the eighth.

The Englishman got to within one when he birdied the par-five 10th despite finding the rough left of the green with his second, while Renato Paratore, who started at the tenth, charged up the leaderboard.

Ferguson came back to Mansell’s mark of 11 under when his wayward drive at the ninth left him no way of reaching the green and the pair were just two ahead of Paratore. Spaniard Borja Virto was also in contention at 10 under and Connor Syme was lurking.

Ferguson took back the lead by nailing a nine-foot putt for a birdie at the tenth and he was four better off than Paratore, who set the clubhouse lead at eight under after signing for a 64.

A birdie at 13, his fourth in five holes, took Virto to within a shot and he was the closest challenger after Mansell’s tee shot at 15 found the hazard and he gave one back.

But the Spaniard’s charge was halted at just the wrong time, a bad miss from the tee at the par-three 14th led to a bogey, and Ferguson’s cushion was two shots again.

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