Maiden joy for Morrison
James Morrison has edged out fellow Englishman Oliver Fisher by a shot to win the Madeira Islands Open.
James Morrison held his nerve to edge out fellow Englishman Oliver Fisher and win the European Tour’s Madeira Islands Open in Portugal on Sunday.
Morrison led by three strokes going into the final round, but was twice pegged back to just a single shot ahead as Fisher shot a seven-under-par 65, the joint best round of the day.
The second of those occasions came when Morrison bogeyed the 17th, but when he matched Fisher’s birdie at the last, his 20-under par was just enough to win him the title.
Scotland’s George Murray finished third on 14 under while Northern Ireland’s Michael Hoey and another Englishman, Gary Clark, were three shots further back in a tie for sixth.
Morrison started the day 18 under, with Murray 15 under and Fisher a seemingly distant 12 under.
But the latter strung four birdies together from the third and Morrison bogeyed the first and third, though a birdie at a friendly sixth hole kept him narrowly ahead.
He then eagled the eighth and birdied the 10th to restore his three-stroke advantage, and when Murray dropped shots at 13 and 14 he was left with Fisher as his only challenger.
Fisher birdied the 14th to move back within two and, as the nerves began to show, that late dropped shot left Morrison just a single shot ahead going down the last.
A solid four on the 603-yard par five ensured his victory despite Fisher also picking up a shot to complete his bogey-free 65, matching the score of Frenchman Jean-Baptiste Gonnet, who surged through the field to finish tied for ninth on 10 under.
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