Southport’s Lee Slattery wins second European Tour title


Lee Slattery won the M2M Russian Open by a single shot on Sunday to clinch his second European Tour title.

The Englishman posted a two under par 69 in his fourth round at Skolkovo Golf Club to end the tournament on 15 under and claim his first victory since winning the Bankia Madrid Masters in 2011.

Estanislao Goya finished second on 14 under par, with last year’s champion David Horsey a stroke further back on 13 under.

After fog had delayed the start of play by two hours, Slattery got his round off to the perfect start, rolling in his long range birdie putt at the first to move to 14 under par.

However, Slattery bogeyed the second before seeing his lead reduced to one stroke when Goya fired a birdie at the third.

The 37 year old dropped another shot at the sixth, with Goya carding a birdie at the same hole to leapfrog his playing partner at the top of the leaderboard.

Slattery kept up the pressure on Goya by matching his birdie at the 11th, only to find himself a further shot off the lead when the 27 year old made another gain at the 12th.

But with the Argentine dropping a shot at the 13th and Slattery notching a birdie at the next, Goya’s second bogey of the day on the 15th handed Slattery the outright lead.

And Slattery extended his advantage to two strokes when he chipped in for another birdie at the 17th before Goya’s birdie at the last saw the Englishman win by one shot.


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