Stephen Dodd celebrated his 52nd birthday in style with a wire-to-wire victory at the WINSTONgolf Senior Open.
After opening the tournament with rounds of 64 and 66, the Welshman took a seven-shot lead into the final day and, although nearest rival Jean-François Remesy trimmed the advantage to three on the front nine, Dodd recovered to win by a commanding six-shot margin.
“It was quite tough out there for me,” admitted Dodd. “It got close after about nine or ten holes and it got me thinking a little bit, but I made some nice birdies early on the back nine, which helped me.
“You can’t win a tournament on Friday, you have to do it on Sunday, and when I needed to hit good shots, I hit good shots. I felt comfortable, but I had everything to lose today to be honest, there was nothing to gain leading by seven shots.”
With the win, Dodd becomes a champion on the Staysure Tour for the third-consecutive season, after triumphing in the 2016 Senior Italian Open and the 2017 Farmfoods European Senior Masters.