Lee Slattery pips Goya in Moscow

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• Lee Slattery claims just his second European Tour title in Moscow
• Sees off the challenge of Estanislao Goya to win by a solitary shot
• Craig Lee has back-to-back top tens - three other Scots in top 20


Englishman Lee Slattery secured his second European Tour title after shooting a bogey-free back nine to edge out Estanislao Goya at the M2M Russian Open.

The 37-year-old, whose only other win on tour came at the 2011 Bankia Madrid Masters, recovered after going one-over-par for the front nine with three birdies on the bank nine, including a superb chip-in on the 17th, to taste victory on 15-under-par in his 287th European Tour event.

And after a tough few years, where his best finish between wins was third at the South African Open Championship earlier this year, Slattery was delighted to see it home under pressure.
"It’s just nice to be able to finish off like this, with a win" - Lee Slattery

“It’s been a difficult year,” admitted Lee Slattery. “It’s just nice to be able to finish off like this, with a win, knowing that I can plan next year now and hopefully get myself going again to where I feel I belong.

“My short game has been letting me down the last few months, so I’ve worked so hard on that, and to chip one in at such an important time meant so much and it shows that practice pays off eventually.”

Bogeys on the 13th and 15th proved costly for Goya, who finished one shot behind Slattery on 14-under-par, while in-form David Horsey, who won the Made in Denmark and entered the tournament as the defending champion, ended third on 13-under-par.


M2M Russian Open - Day Four

“I played great the last three or four days,” said Goya, who was pleased despite surrendering the lead. “After how I’ve started the year, this tournament gave me a real taste of it again and even though I was leading and finished second, Lee played great and finished great to chip in at 17.”

Elsewhere, there were solid weeks for Scots Craig Lee, David Drysdale, Scott Jamieson and Chris Doak, who all finished inside the top 20.

Lee matched his score at last week’s Czech Masters by finishing in a tie for eighth on 11-under-par, Drysdale ended T14, while first round co-leader Jamieson and Doak both finished T17.

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