European Tour: England's Tommy Fleetwood savoured his first European Tour win at Gleneagles
England's Tommy Fleetwood admitted nerves nearly got the better of him as he claimed his maiden European Tour title.
Last Updated: 25/08/13 7:56pm
On a roller-coaster final day at Gleneagles, the former Walker Cup amateur surpassed home hope Stephen Gallacher and Argentina's Ricardo Gonzalez on the first extra hole by holing from four feet for a winning birdie.
"The other two guys were a little unlucky with their putts and before you know it you have a four footer for the win," said Fleetwood, who carded a closing 70 after sharing the overnight lead with Gonzalez.
"God knows how I made contact. It all seemed to unravel really quickly.
"It's unbelievable. I have been up there a lot and not even had a top-five finish and all of a sudden you come away with a win.
"It just seemed to come a bit easier this week. I was nervous as hell on the first green but after that I was pretty calm. It was so tight, almost claustrophobic on the leaderboard; if you dropped a shot you went down 10 places."
Gallacher, whose participation had been in doubt due to a back injury, was philosophical after birdies on the 14th and 16th and an eagle on 18 had put him right in contention.
"I would have taken a play-off on Monday," he said.
"I was just happy to be playing to be honest. I actually hit the ball really really well. It was only the short irons I was struggling with, I could not really get into my posture.
"On the 18th I knew I needed to hole it (his eagle putt) to have a chance. It was a great putt, just a shame I could not do it again."