Oliver Wilson claimed an emotional second DP World Tour victory at Made in HimmerLand after the Englishman put on a stunning display down the stretch to overcome Scotland’s Ewen Ferguson by a single stroke.
It was a dramatic finale in Denmark and it was Wilson who provided most of the fireworks, which began with a monster birdie putt which found the cup at the 13th, before his chip at the 14th horse-shoed around the cup to just miss out on a second successive birdie.
The former Ryder Cup player continued to entertain the crowds with a superb birdie at the 16th – one of just six birdies all day at the short par three known as HimmerLand Hill. He then drained a 65-foot birdie putt at the 17th to edge into a one-shot lead over Ferguson, who moments before had signed for a 66 to post a 20 under total.
A testing tee shot awaited Wilson at the 18th but he smashed it down the middle, before a nerveless approach left him 20 feet for a two-putt par, a four under 67 and a 21 under winning total.
That earned the 41-year-old a first DP World Tour title since the 2014 Alfred Dunhill Links Championship, moving him to 28th in the DP World Tour Rankings in partnership with Rolex, and earning him a spot in next week’s BMW PGA Championship, the fourth Rolex Series event of the 2022 season.
Oliver Wilson: “I was so confident, I knew I could get the job done. Everything I’ve done up to this point to rebuild my game and I knew I could do it. I was so in control, and I said I wasn’t going to cry. I was calm there, I almost enjoyed the last hole!
“It’s pretty special, I’m so proud of myself. I’ve got a great team around me and there are other people who have helped me a tonne. The list goes on, everybody who knows me has been pulling me along to help figure this game out.
“I don’t think I’m there yet but I feel like there’s a lot ahead of me, and I’m so pleased to get win number two. I love this place, I’ve done well here before. My game has been trending in the right direction with my stats and my results.
“From the outside looking in, there’s not a lot to shout about but there has been a lot of good stuff this year and I just haven’t been able to put it all together. I missed chance after chance today and I hit it so good. I just stayed patient, I knew what this course good do, it’s tricky.
“I holed two bombs on the back nine and I guess it was my day, but I feel like I deserved it. I missed a bunch of short ones, so I guess 18 years’ experience gets you to hang in there and, to get it over the line, it feels good, so good.
“I do have to shout out to Callaway, the last two months they have spent a lot of time with me trying to figure it out and working on my driver and the ball. It has never been my cup of tea sticking with the same thing, but I’ve done a lot of work with them and it’s started to work in the last couple of weeks.
“So my sponsors Callaway, True Links and Peter Millar – there have been some dark times and they all stuck with me, and they’ve all stuck with me so this is for them as well.”
Ewen Ferguson: “I feel good, obviously a bit sad that I didn’t win, but I definitely didn’t lose it, he battled hard and obviously did very well to get over the line and this week just wasn’t meant to be my week. Even though it’s been a good week, there have been times like in Qatar where I’ve gone up and snatched the win, it’s just the way it goes sometimes.
“But definitely happy with the way I played under pressure. I think it shows that I’m good under pressure and I’m a fighter, and I think that’s one of the good things about me – I never give up. I fought all the way to the end and it just wasn’t going to be my week.
“I’m still happy with my performance and I definitely don’t feel like I lost it, he won it for sure.”