Owen Graduates With a First Class Masters
Greg Owen held his nerve in gusty conditions to win the inaugural
Daily Telegraph Damovo British Masters at the Marriott Forest
The Englishman, who lives about 50 miles from the course, finished
three shots clear of Wales Open
champion Ian Poulter
and Frenchman Christian Cevaer to collect the first prize of £250,000
and his first European Tour title.
ISM chief Chubby Chandler, whose company were promoting their
first event on the main tour was the first to congratulate his
"If one of my team was not able to win here then I could
think of nobody more deserving than Greg. We have helped him along
the way at one time in his career and I am very pleased that he
has finally made the big breakthrough," said Chandler, who
left for the US Open immediately after the closing ceremony alongside
Darren Clarke and Justin Rose in a private jet.
"I am delighted with the way most of the week has gone and
I don’t think we have made a bad fist of our first venture
on Tour," he added. "I think our sponsors Daily Telegraph
and Damovo have helped take the British Masters on to a new level
and we will be looking to make it even bigger and better next
"I cannot thank my team here enough for all their industry
and hard graft. They have been tireless in their efforts to ensure
we had a successful week".
Clarke, who had won twice previously on visits to the heart of
England, saved the best until last with a closing 66, the lowest
round of the day. "I’m obviously disappointed not to
have won here but at least my finish has lifted my confidence
in readiness for the US Open," he said.
The Ulsterman was ISM’s leading player in joint fourth place
at eight under while former European No.1 Lee Westwood showed
further signs that his recovery is not far away. A closing 70
took him to two under par.
by Martin Hardy on behalf of ISM