Marc Warren claimed his second European Tour title with a play-off win over Simon Wakefield in the Johnnie Walker Championship at Gleneagles.
The Scot two putted from 90 feet for birdie at the second play-off hole to become the first home winner of the event. The 26-year-old began the day with three bogeys in the first four holes but fought back strongly with eight birdies.
Englishman Wakefield had begun the day tied for the lead alongside Swede Fredrik Andersson Hed. Wakefield shot a round of 70 to finish tied with Warren who birdied the last in regulation play for a round of 69. The Englishman had a 12-foot putt on the final green to win the tournament but failed to convert. He also missed a 9-foot putt to win on the first play-off hole and was punished by Warren when they played 18 again.
Andersson Hed finished with a round of 72 to finish tied for fifth. Fellow Swede Martin Erlandsson shot a superb final round of 66 to finish tied for third with Søren Hansen.
?It?s an incredible feeling to have won here, I?m speechlees,? said Warren. “I feel sorry for Simon; he was looking for his first win. He had the lead for most of the day but I managed to pip him at the post.”
Warren?s previous win came in last years Scandinavian Masters where he defeated Robert Karlsson, again in a play-off. The Sir Henry Cotton Rookie of the Year for 2006 had experienced a frustrating couple of months with six missed cuts out of the last eight tournaments. The win earns him ?343,692 and moves him up to 34th in the Order of Merit.
Johnnie Walker Championship
-12 S Wakefield (Eng), M Warren (Sco) *
-11 S Hansen (Den), M Erlandsson (Swe)
-10 F Andersson Hed (Swe), G Storm (Eng)
*Warren wins on second play-off hole