MALAGA, Spain (AP) — Paul Lawrie won the Andalucian Open on Sunday for his first European Tour victory since 2002 and sixth overall after holding off Johan Edfors of Sweden by one stroke.
The 42-year-old Lawrie shot an even-par 70 for a 12-under 268 total and become the oldest golfer to win the event.
“It’s been a long time – 2002 seems a hell of a time ago,” Lawrie said. “I’ve had a few second places in there, but all of a sudden we’re there again.”
The 1999 British Open winner hit only one bogey in the first three rounds, but bogeyed three of his first five holes Sunday before recovering with four birdies on the back nine.
“I must say that I felt under control even when I was above par at the start, and when you get into that attitude good things happen,” he said. “I started hitting beautiful shots on the back nine. I birdied (Nos.) 10, 11 and 12, and then did a great up and down on 14 for birdie just at the right moment.”
Edfors shot a 68, including a bogey on the 15th.
Kenneth Ferrie began the day one stroke behind Lawrie, the overnight leader, after tying the European Tour record with a 60 in the third round. But the Englishman shot a 75 on Sunday to finish at 274.