WINSTONgolf Senior Open R3

Deadly Dennis overhauls Masters Champions to earn fifth win

July 19-21
WINSTONopen Course, WINSTONgolf, Vorbeck, Germany
€350,000
Round 1, Round 2


Clark Dennis came from six shots behind to win his fifth Staysure Tour title at the WINSTONgolf Senior Open after a stunning final round of 63, nine under par.

WINSTONgolf Senior Open R3 - Deadly Dennis overhauls Masters Champions to earn fifth win
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The American made five consecutive birdies in his last six holes to set the target at 15 under par, and with overnight leader José María Olazábal bogeying the 16th hole and unable to move back to the summit, Dennis became the first American to triumph at the WINSTONgolf Senior Open.

It was the 53-year-old’s lowest round of the week and lowest round of the season at WINSTONgolf in Vorbeck, as he won for the first time since he equalled the Tour’s low 54-hole score to win the MCB Tour Championship – Mauritius last December.

“It’s one of the best final rounds of my career,” he said. “I played fantastic today. Most rounds you look back on them and say I could’ve done this or that, but aside from hitting it in the water on the first and making a par there, the round could not have been any better today.

“I figured I was playing for second place. I told my wife that I probably needed to birdie the last six holes to have a chance and I almost did it. I had a birdie putt on 18 which went close, but those type of runs are never expected, they just happen.”


Dennis began his final round with three birdies in his opening five holes, making the turn at three under par. Olazábal, who was hoping to win his first Staysure Tour title, was six shots ahead of him after nine holes but the following eight holes saw the American reel in the Spaniard before passing him.

A gain on the par three 11th got the ball rolling on the back nine before he made five successive birdies from the 13th hole to wipe out Olazábal’s lead, narrowly missing out on a birdie at the last, but setting the target in the clubhouse at 15 under par.

With Olazábal dropping a shot on the par four 16th and unable to birdie the final two holes, Dennis was crowned the WINSTONgolf Senior Open Champion.

“Olazábal is a gentleman,” he said. “I’ve played with him before and he’s an absolute gentleman. I kind of felt bad, keeping him from winning his first Staysure Tour, title but I had to do what I did.

“Olazábal and Langer are the best of all time. They’re both two-time Masters Champions. They are incredible players. To be able to compete against them is great but to beat them is even better because you know you have to play your best golf to beat those guys because they’re fantastic players.”

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The Spaniard finished a stroke behind Dennis for his best finish on the Staysure Tour, with James Kingston of South Africa two further shots back in third place after his final round of 66, six under par.

Home favourite Bernhard Langer finished at 11 under par, chipping in for birdie on the last, to join England’s Jamie Spence in a share of fourth place.

Dennis and his fellow competitors will now travel to Royal Lytham & St. Annes for the final Senior Major Championship of the season, The Senior Open Presented by Rolex, from July 25-28.


Pos.
Player
Nat
To Par
R1
R2
R3
Total
Prize Money
1
DENNIS Clark
USA
-15
70
68
63
201
€ 52,500
2
OLAZÁBAL José María
ESP
-14
66
66
70
202
€ 35,000
3
KINGSTON James
RSA
-12
69
69
66
204
€ 24,500
4
LANGER Bernhard
GER
-11
68
68
69
205
€ 17,553
4
SPENCE Jamie
ENG
-11
67
69
69
205
€ 17,553
6
BOSSERT André
SUI
-8
71
68
69
208
€ 12,600
6
PRICE Phillip
WAL
-8
70
66
72
208
€ 12,600
6
WIRATCHANT Thaworn
THA
-8
66
71
71
208
€ 12,600
9
ATLEVI Magnus P
SWE
-7
69
70
70
209
€ 8,400
9
BAKER Peter
ENG
-7
66
72
71
209
€ 8,400
9
CARRILES José Manuel
ESP
-7
70
75
64
209
€ 8,400
9
OLSEN Dan
USA
-7
66
76
67
209
€ 8,400
9
WOLSTENHOLME Gary
ENG
-7
67
68
74
209
€ 8,400
14
GOLDING Philip
ENG
-6
70
69
71
210
€ 6,650
15
LUNA Santiago
ESP
-5
70
71
70
211
€ 5,950
15
SHACKLADY David
ENG
-5
68
71
72
211
€ 5,950
15
TOLEDO Esteban
MEX
-5
64
74
73
211
€ 5,950
18
EVANS Gary
ENG
-4
71
71
70
212
€ 4,739
18
FOWLER Peter
AUS
-4
71
72
69
212
€ 4,739
18
ORR Gary
SCO
-4
67
75
70
212
€ 4,739
18
STREETER Paul
ENG
-4
71
72
69
212
€ 4,739
18
TINNING Steen
DEN
-4
69
73
70
212
€ 4,739
23
CHAPMAN Roger
ENG
-3
67
74
72
213
€ 3,955
23
REMESY Jean-François
FRA
-3
70
69
74
213
€ 3,955
25
MOLINA Mauricio
ARG
-2
69
77
68
214
€ 3,500
25
SUNESON Carl
ESP
-2
75
69
70
214
€ 3,500
25
WILLIAMS Chris
RSA
-2
68
74
72
214
€ 3,500
28
COCERES José
ARG
-1
72
71
72
215
€ 3,133
28
LANE Barry
ENG
-1
72
70
73
215
€ 3,133
30
BRIER Markus
AUT
0
72
73
71
216
€ 2,818
30
BROWN Simon P
ENG
0
74
72
70
216
€ 2,818
30
OLDCORN Andrew
SCO
0
70
70
76
216
€ 2,818
30
SANDELIN Jarmo
SWE
0
72
71
73
216
€ 2,818
34
DODD Stephen
WAL
1
69
76
72
217
€ 2,380
34
DRUMMOND Ross
SCO
1
71
73
73
217
€ 2,380
34
GILFORD David
ENG
1
75
72
70
217
€ 2,380
34
MARKS Gary
ENG
1
81
69
67
217
€ 2,380
34
MCGOVERN Brendan
IRL
1
73
74
70
217
€ 2,380
34
RICHARDSON Steven
ENG
1
72
71
74
217
€ 2,380
40
FARRY Marc
FRA
2
77
70
71
218
€ 2,065
40
MACKENZIE Malcolm
ENG
2
73
74
71
218
€ 2,065
40
THELEN Tim
USA
2
72
74
72
218
€ 2,065
43
ARCHBOLD Paul
AUS
4
70
75
75
220
€ 1,890
43
SHERBORNE Andrew
ENG
4
71
74
75
220
€ 1,890
45
LITTLE Stuart
ENG
5
75
74
72
221
€ 1,715
45
MOULAND Mark
WAL
5
73
74
74
221
€ 1,715
45
QUIROS Juan
ESP
5
75
75
71
221
€ 1,715
48
JOB Nick
ENG
6
74
71
77
222
€ 1,540
48
STRÜVER Sven
GER
6
75
77
70
222
€ 1,540
50
DAVIS Mark
ENG
7
76
72
75
223
€ 1,435
51
GOMEZ Rafael
ARG
8
70
77
77
224
€ 1,260
51
LONGMUIR Bill
SCO
8
76
76
72
224
€ 1,260
51
ROCCA Costantino
ITA
8
79
74
71
224
€ 1,260
51
WESSELINGH Paul
ENG
8
72
77
75
224
€ 1,260
55
LOMAS Jonathan
ENG
9
78
74
73
225
€ 1,120
56
CARBONETTI Luis
ARG
10
74
76
76
226
€ 1,085
57
MCNULTY Mark
IRL
11
78
75
74
227
€ 1,050
58
SADDINGTON Alan
SCO
14
79
75
76
230
€ 1,015
59
WALTON Philip
IRL
16
79
80
73
232
€ 980
60
EMERSON Gary
ENG
20
80
78
78
236
€ 945