Hole in One – Gallagher holds off Sterne – By Sam Duffy

Steven Gallagher held of a spirited fight back from South African Richard Sterne to seal his first win on the European Tour in nine years.

The winning margin of three may look quite comfortable, but this was not the case as Gallagher’s tremendous iron play resulted in five eagles during the week.

None was more spectacular than at the 16th hole where he holed out from over 100 yards.

Both Gallagher and Sterne lead the way from the first tee, with Sterne shooting a career-best round 62 on Thursday.

The South African was still in front at the half way point, but then Gallagher matched the round of the week with a 62 of his own as they moved further clear away from the rest of the field.

Despite an up and down final round which included a penalty drop, a couple of bogies and an eagle, Gallagher was delighted with his victory.

He told Sky Sports: “I’m looking to build on this for the rest of the season now. My goal is to try and produce good golf to make the Ryder Cup in 2014.”

Positives can still be taken for Sterne, who has not featured much in the last two years due to injury, as he follows the South African crusade led by Louis Oosthuizen and Charl Schwartzel.

The South African theme continues to run through the European Tour, with the players heading to the Joburg Open where local favourite Branden Grace will be hoping to defend his title.

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