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ISPS Handa World Invitational: On the last day, Ewan Ferguson and Maja Stark win the tournament
ISPS Handa World Invitational: On the last day, Ewan Ferguson and Maja Stark win the tournament
ISPS Handa World Invitational: On the last day, Ewan Ferguson and Maja Stark win the tournament
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ISPS Handa World Invitational: On the last day, Ewan Ferguson and Maja Stark win the tournament

ISPS Handa World Invitational: Ewen Ferguson of Scotland won the ISPS Handa World Invitational by a wide margin, giving him his second DP World Tour victory of the year.

Ferguson scored a final-round 69 to finish at 12 under par, three strokes ahead of his friends Connor Syme and Borja Virto. Ferguson started the week with a course-record 61 at Galgorm Castle and never looked back.

The 26-year-old, who won the Qatar Masters in March, entered the final round with a three-shot lead, but Richard Mansell of England joined him at the top of the leaderboard after finishing his opening 10 holes in five under.

Ferguson answered on the tenth hole with his third birdie of the day, and although Virto got within one stroke after making five birdies in his next seven holes around the turn, the 31-year-old Spaniard immediately bogeyed the fourteenth.

Ferguson received some much-needed breathing room as a result of Mansell missing shots on three of the final four holes, and Syme, Ferguson’s playing companion, finished second for the second consecutive week after making birdies on holes 15, 16, and 18.

“It feels unbelievable, just can’t believe how calm I was out there,” Ferguson told Sky Sports. “It couldn’t have worked out any better playing with Connor.

“I played with him the first two days and he was playing so, so good and I felt he was my main rival so managing to play with him and kind of holding each other off and trying to keep up with each other was so good and I can’t believe I’m a winner again.

“My mum and dad were supposed to be here this week but the last tournament they watched didn’t go so well so I banned them because I said I need to focus. My dad’s probably at the club buying the full club drinks.

“My whole family’s life revolves around me playing golf. Their happiness seems like it’s all about me and my golf. It’s been a good year and obviously, you get times where it doesn’t go so well so I think you really need to appreciate times when you’re picking up trophies.”

Stark wins the women’s tournament with a five-shot flurry

Maja Stark of Sweden, who recorded a course record final round of 63, easily won the women’s competition by five shots.

Despite sending her approach shot into the lake on the par-five 18th, Stark, who started the day two strokes behind American Amanda Doherty, carded 10 birdies in a faultless round. She even managed to save par.

“I don’t think it has landed yet, I’ve just been so nervous all day and kind of reminding myself to stay calm and take one shot at a time but it’s easier said than done,” Stark said after posting her winning total of 20 under.

With her triumph, the 22-year-old will remain a member of the LPGA for the remainder of this year and the entire following year, and she said: “It means the world, that was all I came here for.

“I just wanted that winner’s category. I hate qualifying so it’s great that I don’t have to do that again.”

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