• Horsfield survives Detry’s dash

    Sam Horsfield
    Sam Horsfield

    Thomas Detry was left to rue a 72nd hole bogey that allowed Sam Horsfield to claim his first European Tour title at the Hero Open on Sunday.

    The Englishman entered round four at Forest of Arden Marriott Hotel & Country Club with a one shot lead and sat atop the leaderboard almost all day until Detry passed him with a birdie on the 17th.

    That was the first time Horsfield – who held a six shot lead at the turn on Saturday – had not been in pole position all weekend but a Detry bogey on the last put him back in a share of top spot.

    A birdie on the par five 17th then put the 23-year-old back in the solo lead and he held his nerve up the last to sign for a 68, an 18 under par total and a maiden victory in his 65th European Tour appearance.

    Belgian Detry signed for a 66 to finish a single shot behind, three ahead of Swede Alexander Bj√∂rk, Welshman Oliver Farr and England’s Chris Paisley.

    An eagle 3 on the 17th did little to limit the damage done to Louis De Jager’s final round. He closed with a 75 after going out in level 36 after two early bogeys were offset by birdies at 7 and 8.

    His eagle though was sandwiched by a double at the 16th and a closing bogey at the demanding par 3 18th.

    De Jager, the lone South African into the weekend, dropped down 27 spots on Sunday to end in T51.

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