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Scotland’s Calum Hill is putting the coronavirus-enforced pause of his European Tour rookie season to good use – by winning on one of the few tours that is still operating. 

The 25-year-old closed with a four-under 68 to win the 54-hole Verrado Founders Championship on the Outlaw Tour, a men’s circuit that plays primarily in Arizona. 

Kirkcaldy-born Hill finished on 15-under, one shot ahead of Colorado golfer Chris Korte. 

The event had got off to a peculiar start when the 60-player field was cut down to 44 after the opening round after 14 players were disqualified from playing from the wrong tees. A further two withdrew. 

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Hill had made the decision to head for Arizona shortly before the coronavirus lockdown began in the UK. 


His manager Iain Stoddart of Bounce Sports Management told us: “His girlfriend is based over there and there are some fantastic golf facilities out there, too, which are currently not under lockdown, so he made the decision that that’s where he wants to be.” 

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Hill, who studied at Western New Mexico University before turning professional in 2017, finished second on the Challenge Tour Rankings in 2019 to earn a first crack at the European Tour this year. 

He had played in five events, sitting 110th on the Race To Dubai, before the tour went into lockdown.

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Michael McEwan is the Deputy Editor of bunkered and has been part of the team since 2004. In that time, he has interviewed almost every major figure within the sport, from Jack Nicklaus, to Rory McIlroy, to Donald Trump. The host of the multi award-winning bunkered Podcast and a member of Balfron Golfing Society, Michael is the author of three books and is the 2023 PPA Scotland 'Writer of the Year' and 'Columnist of the Year'. Dislikes white belts, yellow balls and iron headcovers. Likes being drawn out of the media ballot to play Augusta National.

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