Crocker Ends 5-Year Wait To Capture Maiden Pro Career Title At Hero Open

American Sean Crocker led from start-to-finish to celebrate capturing a maiden pro career title with his one-shot victory at the Hero Open near St. Andrews.

Crocker, who turns 29 in exactly a month, posted a gutsy final round four-under-par 68 and hold on by a shot to win with a 22-under victory tally on the Torrance Course at the Fairmont Resort.

The win for Crocker comes also in his 107th DP World Tour event and is his very first taste of success in the pro ranks for the golfer, who grew-up in Zimbabwe, who once played Test cricket

Crocker still led by a shot heading into the back nine ahead of three birdies in four holes from the 10th to reach 22-under par and stretch his advantage back to two.

But with Englishman Pepperell in the clubhouse on 21-under, Crocker endured a nervy finish as he parred his way home to sign for a closing 68 and win by a single shot.

Crocker, who started the 2022 season with eight missed cuts and a retirement in his first nine events, was thrilled to hole a 10-footer to save par at the par-3 17th and then visibly relieved as he holed his four-foot par putt at the last to secure the trophy.

“Winning a golf tournament is not easy, and Eddie did not make that easy for me either”, said a teary-eyed Crocker.

“After the three-putt par on the 15th I kind of thought I still had a little bit of room but they’re not easy holes coming down that stretch.

“It was a great par save on the 17th, and then I thought I could make it pretty easy – it’s a par five coming in – but I don’t think it’s ever easy to make a par to win a golf tournament. That was pretty special.

“I was nervous. I’ve felt pressure like that before but it’s my first pro tournament (win). That putt looked like it was 20 feet, that hole looked like it was half-an-inch wide.

“Right off the face I knew it was a well-struck putt and as I looked up and I saw it drop I was telling myself ‘don’t start crying’”.

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