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Dale Whitnell claimed his first victory on the DP World Tour at the Volvo Scandinavian Mixed, holding off a surging Sean Crocker.

The Englishman had a stormer of a week, with an impressive bogey free opening round of 66 at Ullna, Stockholm, Sweden.

He made light of that in the second round, however, with an incredible 11-under-par score of 61, a new course record, giving him a commanding lead.

He would go on to shoot a two-under-par round of 70 on day three, where his first dropped shots of the tournament gave others a slim chance.

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Come Sunday, Sean Crocker got within two shots of the Whitnell, but a birdie on 17th from the Englishman gave him a three-shot lead and some breathing space down the last, enough for his first win on the DP World Tour.

A standout stat for the week was his putting, averaging 27 putts per day, with the Odyssey EXO 2-ball in his bag on fire.

His approach game did not disappoint either with 82% greens in regulation, 15% better than his season average.

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This combined with 68% driving accuracy made for a formidable combination. These sorts of numbers show a great trust in a bag of equipment that served Whitnell well to his total of 21-under-par for the week.

The Englishman had previously won on the Challenge Tour, but this is his first big breakthrough on the main circuit.

Here’s a closer look at the WITB for Dale Whitnell.

WITB: Dale Whitnell

Driver: Callaway Paradym Triple Diamond (10.5°) – Shaft: Mitsubishi Diamana ZF-60-TX shaft

Fairway: Callaway Rogue ST LS (15°)

Utility: Callaway Apex UW (19°, 23°)

Irons: Callaway X-Forged ’18 (5-PW)

Wedges: Callaway Mack Daddy Forged (50°, 54° & 58°)

Putter: Odyssey Exo 2-Ball

Ball: Titleist Pro V1x

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James Tait is bunkered’s Gear Editor. Want to know how the latest Callaway driver, Vokey wedge or Scotty Cameron putter performs? He’s the guy to ask. Better yet, just watch his videos on the bunkered YouTube channel. One of the biggest hitters in the UK, James also competes on the World Long Drive circuit and is a descendent of former Amateur champion Freddie Tait.

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