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Steen Tinning wins English Senior Open at Rockliffe Hall
STEEN TINNING has won the English Senior Open in dramatic fashion on an afternoon when the lead went one way and then the other at Rockliffe Hall.
Tinning, who was the overnight leader after breaking the course record with a 63 on Saturday, carded a final round 67 to end the tournament on 17 under.
That was one shot ahead of Spaniard Santiago Luna, who had triumph in his grasp on a few occasions during an excellent afternoon, with his very own 66.
More than 2,000 spectators turned up at the luxurious County Durham setting to watch the final day's play and saw a ding-dong battle between the two.
Luna was at his brilliant best throughout the day, posting a flawless round until his bogey at the 17th which cost him dearly But Tinning refused to go away and even when he relinquished the lead at the seventh the Dane birdied to stay level at 14 under.
Once Tinning birdied the 11th and Luna bogeyed, the former looked set to land the title, particularly when he eagled the 12th for the third day in a row.
But then Luna enjoyed greater success in each of the next three holes. After a birdie at 13, a par at 14 and another birdie at 15 the cheque was getting closer and Tinning trailed by two.
However, Tinning responded with a birdie at the 16th to claw back a stroke and then when his birdie at 17 was followed by a Luna bogey he had the title in his sights again going up the last.
Both golfers then parred the last, when Tinning held his nerve to avoid a play-off to become Rockliffe Hall's first Tour champion.
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