Paul Wesselingh brought his fairy tale year to an end in stunning fashion as he rounded off a five stroke victory in the MCB Tour Championship, and sealed the European Senior Tour Order of Merit in the process.
The Englishman, who was playing only his second year on the European Seniors Tour, completed the double at Constance Belle Mare Plage with a closing three-under par 69 to finish ahead of defending champion David Frost and Spaniard Miguel Angel Martin.
"Halfway through the round, I knew I had won the Order of Merit, so I had refocus a little bit,” - Wesselingh
The win also completed a dramatic rise for Wesselingh, who has went from being a long time club pro to European Senior Tour No.1.
“It feels incredible,” said Wesselingh. “To do it in the way I have dont it, by winning the tournament and playing alongside Colin Montgomerie, winner of eight European Tour Order of Merits and a big hero of mine, is very special.
“It feels like it was meant to be. I feel incredibly honoured and delighted. It's hard to believe what I have done this year, really. To win four times and to win the Order of Merit is an incredible achievement.”
Wesselingh, who uses John Letters clubs, had a lead of €47,936 in the Order of Merit over his nearest challenger Steen Tinning heading into the season finale, meaning Tinning needed to win the title to have any chance of claiming the John Jacobs trophy. He eventually finished in a tie for 20th place.
“Halfway through the round, I knew I had won the Order of Merit, so I had refocus a little bit,” added Wesselingh. “I wanted to win the Order of Merit first and foremost, but then I had this big lead and it is just a dream come true the way it has all happened this week.”
John Letters delighted for Wesselingh
“What a great year for Paul, we are thrilled for him as to achieve this success is fantastic,” said Simon Corp, John Letters brand manager. “He deserves all the plaudits as I know how hard he works on his game and fitness. He constantly challenges our tour technicians and works with them closely to keep striving to improve the equipment.