Fulke flourishes in final straight - Golf - Sport - The Independent

Fulke flourishes in final straight

Pierre Fulke held off the challenge of his fellow Swede Henrik Nystrom to win the Scottish PGA Championship here yesterday.

Pierre Fulke held off the challenge of his fellow Swede Henrik Nystrom to win the Scottish PGA Championship here yesterday.

The pair virtually turned the event into a matchplay contest. Nystrom produced the early fireworks, but crucial errors towards the end of the final round let Fulke - who did not drop a stroke all day - pick up the £66,600 winners' cheque.

Fulke, who led by three shots overnight, saw his closing 70 for a 17 under par total of 271 good enough for a two-shot winning cushion over Nystrom who closed with a 69 for 273, with Frenchman Raphael Jacquelin third on 277.

Three shots clear of Nystrom overnight, Fulke's lead was eaten into by his fellow countryman when he holed from 40 feet for an eagle three at the second. Then further birdies at the ninth and tenth put Nystrom into the lead.

The 31-year-old held on to that advantage as both players birdied the 12th. But Nystrom's challenge began to crumble when he three-putted the 13th for a double-bogey six after coming up short of the green in two and fluffing his pitch.

The blunder put Fulke back in front, and when Nystrom found sand at the short 17th and could do no better than a bogey four it gave his opponent a two-shot lead coming up the last where a par five proved enough.

Going into the last round, home hopes were pinned on Paisley's 24-year-old Alastair Forsyth, who completed the final three-ball on the course with Fulke and Nystrom.

But the winner of last year's European Tour Qualifying School had a torrid afternoon, consigning him to a 75 and a share of seventh place on 281.

Further down the leaderboard, former Open champion Paul Lawrie finished strongly with a 68 for a four under par total of 284. But the 31-year-old Aberdonian was left to rue an untidy couple of rounds in the middle of the tournament.

Sam Torrance finished alongside Lawrie in a share of 16th place after a closing 70, while Justin Rose suffered more frustration with a two-over finish on 290.

Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Latest in Sport
Sport
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Daily Quiz
SPONSORED FEATURES
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Career Services

Day In a Page

Orthorexia nervosa: How becoming obsessed with healthy eating can lead to malnutrition

Orthorexia nervosa

How becoming obsessed with healthy eating can lead to malnutrition
Lady Chatterley is not obscene, says TV director

Lady Chatterley’s Lover

Director Jed Mercurio on why DH Lawrence's novel 'is not an obscene story'
Farmers in tropical forests are training ants to kill off bigger pests

Set a pest to catch a pest

Farmers in tropical forests are training ants to kill off bigger pests
Mexico: A culture that celebrates darkness as an essential part of life

The dark side of Mexico

A culture that celebrates darkness as an essential part of life
Being sexually assaulted was not your fault, Chrissie Hynde. Don't tell other victims it was theirs

Being sexually assaulted was not your fault, Chrissie Hynde

Please don't tell other victims it was theirs
A nap a day could save your life - and here's why

A nap a day could save your life

A midday nap is 'associated with reduced blood pressure'
If men are so obsessed by sex, why do they clam up when confronted with the grisly realities?

If men are so obsessed by sex...

...why do they clam up when confronted with the grisly realities?
The comedy titans of Avalon on their attempt to save BBC3

Jon Thoday and Richard Allen-Turner

The comedy titans of Avalon on their attempt to save BBC3
The bathing machine is back... but with a difference

Rolling in the deep

The bathing machine is back but with a difference
Part-privatised tests, new age limits, driverless cars: Tories plot motoring revolution

Conservatives plot a motoring revolution

Draft report reveals biggest reform to regulations since driving test introduced in 1935
The Silk Roads that trace civilisation: Long before the West rose to power, Asian pathways were connecting peoples and places

The Silk Roads that trace civilisation

Long before the West rose to power, Asian pathways were connecting peoples and places
House of Lords: Outcry as donors, fixers and MPs caught up in expenses scandal are ennobled

The honours that shame Britain

Outcry as donors, fixers and MPs caught up in expenses scandal are ennobled
When it comes to street harassment, we need to talk about race

'When it comes to street harassment, we need to talk about race'

Why are black men living the stereotypes and why are we letting them get away with it?
International Tap Festival: Forget Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers - this dancing is improvised, spontaneous and rhythmic

International Tap Festival comes to the UK

Forget Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers - this dancing is improvised, spontaneous and rhythmic
War with Isis: Is Turkey's buffer zone in Syria a matter of self-defence – or just anti-Kurd?

Turkey's buffer zone in Syria: self-defence – or just anti-Kurd?

Ankara accused of exacerbating racial division by allowing Turkmen minority to cross the border