In golf, anything can happen if you post a number.
Daniel Gavins, who started the day seven strokes behind, scored in the finals of the ISPS Handa World Invitational – the triple-sanctioned event in Galgorm, Northern Ireland, this week with the European Tour, LPGA and The Ladies European Tour all playing the same Place – to finish an hour before the last group and reach the clubhouse tour with 13 under.
After England’s Jordan Smith and David Horsey, who made it into the finals in first and second place, both struggled on the track, Gavins was able to achieve his first European Tour victory without a playoff.
“I’m speechless, I don’t really know what to say,” said a seemingly shocked Gavins in his interview after the round. There the pressure is maybe a little less. “
speechless and delighted
– The European Tour (@EuropeanTour) August 1, 2021
Although the 30-year-old from Leeds, England entered the week as No. 453 in the official golf rankings, he is in good shape with two top 10 finishes last month in the Italian Challenge and Euram Bank Open.
Horsey (2-over 72) finished second with 12 under, Smith (4-over 74) T-3 with 11 under alongside Alejandro Canizares, Masahiro Kawamura and Daniel Hillier.
On the ladies side of the event, both Pajaree Anannarukarn and Emma Talley competed and finished the final round with part of the lead, forcing a playoff that lasted two holes. Anannarukarn had a slight advantage on the second playoff hole when her third shot found the green while Talley missed on the right. Anannarukarn, 22, finished the job with a clutch putt from nine feet and won by par.
That winning moment! 🤩
– Ladies European Tour (@LETgolf) August 1, 2021
Jennifer Kupcho, who was also tied at the beginning of the day, finished third with 15 under and missed the playoff by just one stroke after a bogey on the 18th par-5 hole.