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Golf Australia Express : Issue 13
ITWAS Kenneth Ferrie— not Kenny Perry—who added another title to his career stats on Sunday. And that made it three European Tour wins for the not-so -well-known 32-year- old Englishman, who beat compatriot Simon Wakefield in a dramatic playoff to secure the Austrian Open and his first win in more than six years. Ferrie and Wakefield both closed with rounds of 67 at Diamond Country Club to be all tied up at 12-under, and one shot ahead of 25-year- old Dutchman Joost Luiten. It was a birdie to Ferrie at the first playoff hole that ultimately decided the result. The final day started off well for Danish rookie Thomas Norret, who clung to his overnight lead until a double bogey at the par-5 13th saw his round begin to unravel. It was all Ferrie, Wakefield and Luiten needed to get firing, and all three reached 12-under late in their rounds before Luiten faltered with a three-putt at the last to miss out on the playoff. Wakefield also had his troubles, dropping a shot at the 17th and handing Ferrie the lead with just one hole to play. Both players reached the 72nd hole in regulation, and when Ferrie missed his 8-foot attempt at birdie, the door remained slightly ajar for Wakefield, with just six feet between him and the cup to force a playoff. He nailed it. But that was as close as he got to the title, as Ferrie replayed the hole two shots better than his rival to win his first event since the 2005 European Open. “I feel amazing right now,” he said. “I haven’t won for six years and I was wondering if it was ever going to happen in the end. To get it done was fantastic. “It means the world to me. I have been working very hard and doing all the right things but I just haven’t had the results to back it up. “So to win here, under the pressure of a playoff is amazing and it makes all the hard work worthwhile.” Though Wakefield’s hunt for his first European Tour title continues, he can take comfort in the fact he’s now inside the top 115 on The Race to Dubai standings, Meaning he’ll keep his European Tour card for 2012. Luiten finished third equaling his season best performance at the BMW International open in June. OTG WHAT JUST HAPPENED ON THE EUROPEAN TOUR FINAL STANDINGS 1 KENNETH FERRIE ENG -12 € 166,660 2 SIMON WAKEFIELD ENG -12 € 111,110 3 JOOST LUITEN NED -11 € 62,600 4 THOMAS NORRET DEN -9 € 50,000 T5 VICTOR DUBUISSON FRA -8 € 35,800 T5 CESAR MONASTERIO ARG -8 € 35,800 T5 BERND WIESBERGER AUT -8 € 35,800 T8 MAGNUS CARLSSON SWE -7 € 23,700 T8 CHRISTIAN NILSSON SWE -7 € 23,700 T10 ROBERT COLES ENG -6 € 17,925 T10 TOMMY FLEETWOOD ENG -6 € 17,925 T10 TOM LEWIS ENG -6 € 17,925 T10 GARY ORR SCO -6 € 17,925 WRAP THE HATS OFF TO FERRIE