Gary claims tour victory in Marbella

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GARY Wolstenholme claimed his second European Senior Tour victory in three weeks in a thrilling finale at the Benahavis Senior Masters.

The long-time Heysham resident, who still regularly plays the village course, shot a final round 66 to finish one shot clear of fellow Brits Mark James and Mark Mouland.

The 2011 Senior Tour Rookie of the Year emerged from the pack midway through a roller coaster day at La Quinta Golf and Country Club near Marbella, Spain, thanks to five birdies in the space of six holes.

The lead was exchanged back and forth between five different players and Wolstenholme was at one point four shots behind his playing partner and former Ryder Cup captain James.

The 51-year-old, now based at Carus Green Golf Club, Kendal, staged a stunning comeback, however, and finished on -13 to lift the third Senior Tour title of his career, coming just two weeks after emerging victorious at the season-opening Mallorca Open Senior.

Wolstenholme said: “It’s just brilliant.

“Obviously I’m delighted. I had five months off and I had no idea what I was going to come out with this season but to win the two events in Spain and make the cut in America (at the US Senior PGA Championship), having shot a 79 in the first round, is more than I could have possibly predicted.”

“I’m pleased I got things going so early in the season and we have a great run of tournaments now and it’s up to me to continue doing what I know I can do.”