Ferguson Heading To Start Of 2023 Ryder Cup Qualifying In Best Of Form

Scotland’s Ewen Ferguson heads to this week’s opening event of the 2023 Ryder Cup selection process at Tour HQ in the best of form finishing runner-up in the Made in Himmerland in Denmark.

Ferguson, 26, came from two shots down at the start of the final round to post a closing round of 66 to set the clubhouse lead at 20-under-par only to lose out to a stroke of magic from England’s Oliver Wilson.

It’s been a few weeks shy of eight years since Wilson captured his only tournament victory at the 2014 Dunhill Links Championship at St. Andrews, and with the soon-to-be 42-year-old breaking the deadlock with Ferguson in draining a 40-footer for birdie at the 71st hole tand move clear at 21-under.

Wilson then calmly two-putted the last in a score of 70 to secure only his second Tour win and with the tears then flowing leaving the very  affable and former 2014 Ryder Cupper so choked-up he momentarily could not speak

Wilson said: “I said I wasn’t going to cry. I was so confident. I knew I could get the job done. Everything I’ve done to this point to rebuild my game, I knew I could do it and I was so in control”/

Ferguson can be enormously proud of his efforts, falling so close to joining legendary Scot Colin Montgomerie with three wins in a single season and with Monty capturing four events in his 1999 season.

Ferguson capped his round holing a 10-footer for an eagle ‘3’ but if there was any disappointment for the young Scot it was playing the last 10 holes in just one-under thanks to a birdie at 14.

He said: “Obviously a little bit sad that I didn’t win, but I definitely feel I didn’t lose it as Oliver battled hard and played very well to get over the line.

“This week wasn’t meant to be my week, even though it was still another good week. In Qatar, I snatched the win and it’s just the way it goes sometimes. But definitely happy with the way I played under pressure.

“I think it shows that I’m good under pressure and I’m a fighter. One of the good things about me is that I never give up and I fought all the way to the end. I’m still happy with my performance.”

Robert MacIntyre’s frustrating season continued with the Oban lefty signing for a last day 70 and eventually finishing in a distant share of 12th place at 14-under-par.

And his displeasure was no more evident, and after picking-up two birdies in his opening three holes, when MacIntyre dropped three shots in succession from the fifth hole.

In fact, MacIntyre was staring at a 20-feet putt for an eagle ‘3’ at the fifth hole but left his first seven-feet short ahead of eventually four-putting for a horror bogey ‘6’.

Also, his bogey ‘5’ at the seventh was a third dropped shot in succession at the hole before compounding his concerns with bogeys at six and seven to finish with five birdies and one less bogey.

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