Lane takes adventurous option to end 10-year wait

The road travelled by Barry Lane since his last victory has been a particularly long and winding one but you would not have known from the way he won the British Masters yesterday. Though the eventual winning margin was three strokes, the moment of truth came at the 16th hole.

Lane had dropped his only shot of the day at the previous hole, cutting his advantage to two strokes, but found his drive in the rough to the right of the fairway. Two days before, Lane had only been able to chip sideways to the fairway from a similar position.

With Argentina's Eduardo Romero and Angel Cabrera breathing down his neck, the braver option had to be taken on. Lane's recovery cleared the pond in front of the green and left the Englishman with a birdie chance from 25 feet which he duly holed.

"That's the worst lie I've ever seen," he said. "I'm glad I've got strong forearms. I was aiming for the right corner of the green but it came out a little left but to get on to the green was unbelievable."

Lane, 44 next month, had chipped in for an eagle at the seventh to put him clear of the field and he finished with a 66 for 16 under par. Romero and Cabrera tied for second place, with Paul Broadhurst, the Atherstone man who was leading overnight, sharing fifth place.

This was Lane's 499th tournament on the European Tour but, unable to walk last Monday and with his left knee strapped all week, he almost did not play.

The last of his previous four official titles came over 10 years, or 252 events, ago in Spain. An unofficial victory, and $1million [£560,000], followed in the forerunner to the Accenture World Matchplay in 1995 but then nothing. Yesterday he won £266,660.

"This is a wonderful feeling," Lane said. "This is what we strive to do, win tournaments. I lost a bit of motivation and got fed up with all the travelling for a while but this year my attitude has been good. I never stopped believing in myself."

There were also some minor prizes to be decided, if a luxury car, worth £32,000, can be so described. It was on offer for the nearest to the pin at the 211-yard 18th hole and Raymond Russell, out in the first group of the day, set the target when he hit a five-wood to within three feet and six inches.

The Scot then had to wait around for almost seven hours to see whether he was beaten but the only man to come close was Darren Clarke, whose effort finished a mere 11 inches further away.

Clarke closed with a 65 after playing the last five holes in four under which helped bring the total raised for Sport Relief to £12,000. Thailand's Thongchai Jaidee produced that rare bird, an albatross, at the par-five 17th, holing his second shot from 243 yards with a three-wood. Jaidee won a case of champagne for his efforts. He is a teetotaller.

Colin Montgomerie was again lifted by the warmth of the crowd's reaction and was glad to get his first tournament since announcing the break-up of his marriage out of the way. Though Montgomerie was not sure when he would once again don his "competitive hat", he may be spending more time on the practice range.

"It has been a very difficult week but now I can move on with confidence," the Scot said. "I've got a lot of time on my hands now so you may see me practising an awful lot more. You never know, it may help."

BRITISH MASTERS (Forest of Arden) Leading final scores (GB or Irl unless stated): 272 B Lane 70 69 67 66. 275 A Cabrera (Arg) 70 68 70 67; E Romero (Arg) 67 68 71 69. 276 P Sjoland (Swe) 69 65 73 69 (£80;000). 277 A Hansen (Den) 69 71 72 65; D Clarke 70 73 69 65; N O'Hern (Aus) 69 68 72 68; P Broadhurst 69 70 66 72. Selected: 280 P Casey 72 70 69 69. 281 P McGinley 70 72 70 69. 282 C Montgomerie 72 69 70 71; I Woosnam 70 70 70 72. 283 I Poulter 73 71 68 71; D Howell 66 73 71 73.

Suggested Topics
News
A model of a Neanderthal man on display at the National Museum of Prehistory in Dordogne, France
science
News
Richard Dawkins dedicated his book 'The Greatest Show on Earth' to Josh Timonen
newsThat's Richard Dawkins on babies with Down Syndrome
Arts and Entertainment
Eye of the beholder? 'Concrete lasagne' Preston bus station
architectureWhich monstrosities should be nominated for the Dead Prize?
Extras
indybest
PROMOTED VIDEO
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Travel
Dinosaurs Unleashed at the Eden Project
travel
Arts and Entertainment
music
Sport
football
Life and Style
This month marks the 20th anniversary of the first online sale
techDespite a host of other online auction sites and fierce competition from Amazon, eBay is still the most popular e-commerce site in the UK
News
i100
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Daily Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

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

Career Services

Day In a Page

Middle East crisis: We know all too much about the cruelty of Isis – but all too little about who they are

We know all too much about the cruelty of Isis – but all too little about who they are

Now Obama has seen the next US reporter to be threatened with beheading, will he blink, asks Robert Fisk
Neanderthals lived alongside humans for centuries, latest study shows

Final resting place of our Neanderthal neighbours revealed

Bones dated to 40,000 years ago show species may have died out in Belgium species co-existed
Scottish independence: The new Scots who hold fate of the UK in their hands

The new Scots who hold fate of the UK in their hands

Scotland’s immigrants are as passionate about the future of their adopted nation as anyone else
Britain's ugliest buildings: Which monstrosities should be nominated for the Dead Prize?

Blight club: Britain's ugliest buildings

Following the architect Cameron Sinclair's introduction of the Dead Prize, an award for ugly buildings, John Rentoul reflects on some of the biggest blots on the UK landscape
eBay's enduring appeal: Online auction site is still the UK's most popular e-commerce retailer

eBay's enduring appeal

The online auction site is still the UK's most popular e-commerce site
Culture Minister Ed Vaizey: ‘lack of ethnic minority and black faces on TV is weird’

'Lack of ethnic minority and black faces on TV is weird'

Culture Minister Ed Vaizey calls for immediate action to address the problem
Artist Olafur Eliasson's latest large-scale works are inspired by the paintings of JMW Turner

Magic circles: Artist Olafur Eliasson

Eliasson's works will go alongside a new exhibition of JMW Turner at Tate Britain. He tells Jay Merrick why the paintings of his hero are ripe for reinvention
Josephine Dickinson: 'A cochlear implant helped me to discover a new world of sound'

Josephine Dickinson: 'How I discovered a new world of sound'

After going deaf as a child, musician and poet Josephine Dickinson made do with a hearing aid for five decades. Then she had a cochlear implant - and everything changed
Greggs Google fail: Was the bakery's response to its logo mishap a stroke of marketing genius?

Greggs gives lesson in crisis management

After a mishap with their logo, high street staple Greggs went viral this week. But, as Simon Usborne discovers, their social media response was anything but half baked
Matthew McConaughey has been singing the praises of bumbags (shame he doesn't know how to wear one)

Matthew McConaughey sings the praises of bumbags

Shame he doesn't know how to wear one. Harriet Walker explains the dos and don'ts of fanny packs
7 best quadcopters and drones

Flying fun: 7 best quadcopters and drones

From state of the art devices with stabilised cameras to mini gadgets that can soar around the home, we take some flying objects for a spin
Joey Barton: ‘I’ve been guilty of getting a bit irate’

Joey Barton: ‘I’ve been guilty of getting a bit irate’

The midfielder returned to the Premier League after two years last weekend. The controversial character had much to discuss after his first game back
Andy Murray: I quit while I’m ahead too often

Andy Murray: I quit while I’m ahead too often

British No 1 knows his consistency as well as his fitness needs working on as he prepares for the US Open after a ‘very, very up and down’ year
Ferguson: In the heartlands of America, a descent into madness

A descent into madness in America's heartlands

David Usborne arrived in Ferguson, Missouri to be greeted by a scene more redolent of Gaza and Afghanistan
BBC’s filming of raid at Sir Cliff’s home ‘may be result of corruption’

BBC faces corruption allegation over its Sir Cliff police raid coverage

Reporter’s relationship with police under scrutiny as DG is summoned by MPs to explain extensive live broadcast of swoop on singer’s home