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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.
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.
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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