Lee Slattery managed to keep his cool, despite a slip up final hole to capture his first European Tour title at the Bankia Madrid Masters with a winning score of 15 under par.
The 33 year old Englishman, wearing FJ ICON began two shots clear at the start of the final round. Slattery gained control of his round with four birdies in five holes from the 11th – a 25 foot putt at the 14th and an approach to within a foot at the next the highlights.
On 18, a decent chip left him with two putts from ten feet, and he holed a two footer to secure a one shot win in the Spanish capital to be the third Englishman in successive years to hold the title.
“I’ve never shaken so much in my life,” he said. “I just stood over that putt and the hole looked tiny. I was strangling that putter because that one putt is a life changing putt.
The victory was all the sweeter for a player who lost his card by just €77 in 2007 and had to return to The Challenge Tour last year after again slipping out of the top 115 in 2009.
It was Slattery’s first victory in his 183rd start on the European Tour, joining 7 other first time winners this year on the European Tour.
Slattery claimed his largest European Tour prize of €166,660, which moves him to 77th on the Race to Dubai standings and an exemption to the end of this year.