DARLINGTON'S Andrew Wilson is having a well-earned week off after winning the The Motocaddy Masters just days after clinching a place at the 146th Open Championship.

Wilson, presenting Rockliffe Hall, knew a good round would put him in the mix for his first EuroPro Tour title and he posted his second 67 of the week to go five under for the day to win by one shot.

It was some week for Wilson after playing two rounds of enduring Open qualifying on Tuesday in Nottingham. He played his third round of the week at lunchtime on Wednesday in his opening round at Macdonald Linden Hall where he shot five under.

Wilson said: “It was really tough. The entire day was really tough. I was just happy to finish and even better to win. I played here on Sunday for practice then practice round on Monday (Open qualifying), then two rounds on Tuesday plus, regional qualifying then Dudsbury. I don’t know many rounds of golf I’ve had over the last two weeks.

“I didn’t expect to be up there to be honest. I struggled a bit yesterday. I just sort of held it and my caddy did a really good job.”

Wilson went out in his last round with six birdies and only one bogey to put himself right into contention. Something that seemed unlikely at the start of play.

It wasn’t to be for Richard Mansell (Beau Desert Golf Club) and James Allan (Chelsmford Golf Club) who both ran Wilson close at the end with Mansell finding the water on 18 and Allan going close with a putt to tie for a playoff.

Hexham amateur Matty Lamb gave a good account for himself on the last day going level par to tie for eighth.

Wilson's qualification for the Open last week followed on from another Darlington golfer, Callum Tarren, appearing in the US Open last month.