Grant Forrest has turn into the first Scottish player to receive a European Tour match on dwelling soil for nine years after repelling a ideal topic from England’s James Morrison on the Hero Open.
Forrest birdied the closing two holes at Fairmont St Andrews to preserve out 24 below par and a shot earlier than Morrison, who had intention the clubhouse target following an extraordinary final round 63.
His 66 capability Forrest has emulated used Open champion Paul Lawrie, who received the Johnnie Walker Championship at Gleneagles in 2012.
The 28-yr-feeble Forrest started the day tied for the lead with compatriot Calum Hill, who moved two photographs certain with birdies on the third and fifth and an eagle on the par-5 sixth.
On the opposite hand, Forrest recovered from a bogey on the 2nd with birdies on the third, fourth, sixth and eighth to conclude internal a shot earlier than Hill surprisingly three-putted the ninth from 12 ft.
Hill’s expose for a serious European Tour title suffered an even bigger blow on the next when he followed a pulled power by hitting his 2nd shot into a gorse bush.
The 26-yr-feeble finally signed for a double-bogey six and with playing accomplice Forrest making a birdie on the identical hole, Forrest with out note loved a 3-shot lead.
A birdie on the 11th mercurial took Forrest four photographs ahead, however the chasing pack had on no narrative given up hope and Morrison made 5 birdies in a row from the 11th to earn internal a shot of the lead.
Forrest’s three-putt bogey on the 16th dropped him inspire into a tie for the lead and moments later Morrison birdied the 18th edge in entrance, but Forrest spoke back with an extraordinary tee shot to three ft to intention up a birdie on the 17th.
He then two-putted the par-5 18th for any other to seal victory.
Australian avid gamers carried out successfully down the sphere with outmoded Scott Hend the best of the bunch in joint-56th living after ending on 5 below following his final round of 71.