David Horsey overcame everything – losing his lead, a late charge by a local favorite, and an agonizing three-putt from eight feet out – to win the Made in Demark Challenge, going wire to wire for his fourth European Tour title on Sunday.
After watching his lead slide from seven strokes to just one on Saturday, the Englishman fell out of the lead completely on the seventh as Australian Terry Pilkadaris moved ahead.
Pilkadaris plateaued there, however, with back-to-back bogeys that put Horsey back in front, but Denmark’s Soren Kjeldsen then took advantage of the three-putt to close the lead to one headed to the 18th.
Despite the strong pro-Kjeldsen crowd, he bogeyed 18, and Horsey parred it to secure the win.
Earlier in the day Sweden’s Kristoffer Broberg dazzled the crowd with a course-record 62 to wind up tied for second at 11-under. He recorded four straight birdies on the front nine, and can only speculate what might have been had he not suffered a double-bogey 7 on No. 11 on Thursday.
Horsey’s final round showed just how important a fast start can be. The leader won despite shooting a 2-over 73, 10 strokes worse than his opening round 63 on Thursday.