Ferguson seals maiden win in Qatar

Scotland’s Ewen Ferguson claimed his first DP World Tour title, producing a fine finish in windy conditions to win the 2022 Commercial Bank Qatar Masters by one shot.

Ferguson went into Sunday’s final round three shots adrift of overnight co-leaders Adrian Meronk of Poland and England’s Matthew Jordan but as the duo slipped on the back nine, the European Challenge Tour graduate was able to take full advantage, firing an eagle and a birdie in his last three holes to lift the trophy.

After shrugging off the disappointment of a double bogey at the second hole, Ferguson birdied the sixth before carding nine straight pars at Doha Golf Club.

A tremendous chip-in eagle from over the back of the 16th green propelled the 25 year old into a share of the lead, and he calmly holed a 16-foot birdie putt at the last to sign for a closing 70 and set the clubhouse target on seven under par.

He faced an anxious wait as Meronk and Jordan still had a handful of holes to complete, but no-one could catch the Scot and he was able to celebrate his first professional win, joining Andrew Coltart (1998) and Paul Lawrie (1999 and 2012) as Scottish winners of the Commercial Bank Qatar Masters.

“It’s unbelievable,” said the Scot. “I can’t believe it. Really just speechless that I’ve won and I’ve just seen that I might move up to 11th in the Rankings, which is just unbelievable.

“I can’t believe it. It’s years and years of hard work. My mum, dad, brother and sister and my whole family have given everything for me to have this moment and it’s just an absolute dream come true.

Ferguson’s playing partner Chase Hanna of the United States finished alone in second place on six under after he rounded off his Sunday 71 with a birdie at the 18th. Meronk and Swede Marcus Kinhult were another shot further back in a tie for third, with Jordan amongst a group of seven players at four under par.

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