Scottish Calum Hill won the Cazoo Classic, formerly known as the English Open, after shooting a final round 67 at the London Golf Club in Kent to win by a single stroke.
The 26-year-old Kirkcaldy man missed an opportunity of a first win at the Hero Open in Fairmont St Andrews last week and lost to hcompatriot Grant Forrest after sharing the lead in the final day, but he made no mistake week.
Hill was one stroke off the pace in round four and was two shots back when he reached the turn, but birdies on the 10th, 13th and 15th took him out of the pack at 16 under. The three-time Challenge Tour winner finished a crucial putt on the 17th when the contenders lined up behind him, including Frenchman Alexander Levy, who stormed through the pack with an eight under 64 to score a goal from 15 clubs to achieve.
Hill maintained his nervousness and eventually equalized to a 16-under total and the title as the first Cazoo Classic champion, and Levy finished second for his best finish since 2018 when he won the Trophy Hassan II has.
Richard Bland continued his impressive summer when he shared third place with Callum Shinkwin, Jamie Donaldson and Rasmus Højgaard. The latter took a lead of three shots the last day, but a flawless round caused the young Dane to finish with an equal par 72 to fall back into the pack.
Commenting on his breakthrough victory, Hill, who graduated from the Challenge Tour last season, said: ‘It’s brilliant and I’m delighted. I’m happy with how I managed to play my last 11 or 12 holes, and I’m very proud of what I did. I’m also glad I know I can now compete in Wentworth for the PGA Championship, because it was in doubt. This is the starting point, and if I can tackle it from here, I’ll see how far I can go. ”
Calum Hill Winning Outfit
Manager: Ping G425 (10.5 °)
Fairway wood: Ping G425 Max 3
Irons: Ping i210 (4-PW)
Wiggies: Ping Glide 2.0 (52 °, 56 °, 60 °)
Putter: Ping prototype LPD Tyne