Wilson seals second victory of 2018 at the Irish Challenge

England’s Oliver Wilson claimed his second win of the Challenge Tour season, at the Monaghan Irish Challenge yesterday. 

Starting the final day one shot behind Sweden’s Niklas Lemke, Wilson ended up finishing the day two shots clear of the field on 12 under par, following on from a final round of 69 (-3).

Opening up with three birdies in his first four holes on Sunday, Wilson raced ahead of the pack. A bogey on the fifth dropped him back one shot closer to the field, but he rectified things when he made his fourth birdie of the day on the seventh hole. 

Windy and wet conditions picked up and Wilson’s experience shun through, making birdie on the par five 15th hole, when he needed it most. 

A tap-in par putt on his final hole sealed the title and his second victory of the year. 

“I’m feeling pretty pumped after that,” said Wilson. “It was hard work today and a proper grind. We knew it was going to be tough and there was strong cross-winds everywhere.”

With this victory, Wilson moved from 38th to 15th in the Road to Ras Al Khaimah Rankings and massively increased his chances of returning to the European Tour. 

Well done Oli on a fantastic performance in tricky conditions all week. We are all delighted for you!

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Wilson back in the Winner’s Circle at the Swedish Challenge

Holing a ten foot par putt on the second playoff hole was enough to seal victory at the Swedish Challenge for Oliver Wilson. 

Oliver shot rounds of 68, 70, 79 and a final round of 68 to leave him on -13 and set up a playoff with the current Road to Ras Al Khaimah leader, Joachim B Hansen. 

With both Wilson and Hansen settling for pars on their first extra hole, Oliver held his nerve on the second playoff hole and played a fantastic approach shot from the edge of the green, before safely two-putting for par. 

The 2008 European Ryder Cup player has endured a tough couple of years, but he was thrilled to come away with his first victory since the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship in 2014.

“I’m absolutely delighted, I really am,” said Wilson. “It was hard. The last few years have been hard and I battled well today. Just to get the job done, it means a lot. There’s a long way to go on my journey but this is definitely a big step in the right direction.”

This victory at the Swedish Challenge catapults Oliver up to 26th position on the Road to Ras Al Khaimah rankings, less than 13,000 points away from the elusive top 15. 

Form is temporary and class is permanent. Well done on a fantastic victory Oli – we are all so proud of you and knew that your hard work would pay off!

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Oliver Wilson returns to Hambric Sports

The newly crowned Alfred Dunhill Links Champion, Oliver Wilson, has returned to Hambric Sports after a period of almost 2 years away.

Oli had found himself in 786th position on the Official World Golf Rankings after a tied 47th at the Kazakhstan Open on the Challenge Tour. The decision he then faced was whether to play at the EMC Roma Challenge or accept a sponsors invitation to compete at the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship. Happily he chose the latter and the rest is now recorded in the annals of golfing legend. The win moved Oli 630 places on the OWGR to 163rd in the world, and granted him the opportunity to compete in the European Tour Final Series. The outpouring of support from the golfing world was incredible and it showcased what a popular guy Oli is.

The CEO of Hambric Sports, Rocky Hambric said: “We are absolutely thrilled to have Oliver back as a client of Hambric Sports. As the door always remained open, and we always remained friends, it feels like he had never left. Watching Oli win the Alfred Dunhill was such a proud moment for everyone associated with him and to have his wife Lauren waiting for him on the 18th green will be a memory they can cherish forever. When we opened our European office in late 2002, Oliver was the first client we signed as he was turning professional out of Augusta State, so the relationship we have with him runs deep. We are truly delighted to welcome Oliver home.”

Speaking about his return, Oliver said: “I am delighted to be returning to the Hambric Sports Family after a couple of years away. They have been there for me throughout my entire career and it feels like the right fit to enable me to achieve my dreams. That time away has made it clear to me that Hambric are the right addition to my team and I look forward to working with them again in the future.

Oli we are so proud of how you have handled yourself over the last few years when the results were not going your way. To achieve what you did against some of the best players in the world, and to be as gracious as you have been as a result, shows that you are a true class act both on and off the golf course. We are all very excited about the future.

Welcome home!