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Fair-haired dark horse Willey takes down defending champion

Andy Willey produced a fantastic comeback to win the Titleist and FootJoy PGA Professional Championship

Andy Willey produced a fantastic comeback to win the Titleist and FootJoy PGA Professional Championship at Little Ashton by one shot.

With only six holes remaining, he was three shots adrift of defending champion Paul O’Hara but his putter proved to be the catalyst for his victory.

Willey holed a 25-foot putt to reduce the deficit to one at the 15th and another 25-footer at the last was enough to lift the trophy and win the £10,000 prize.

“I’ve always said putting has been one of my downfalls,” he said, although it wasn’t apparent during his final round bogey-free 66. “But, it’s been amazing all day.

“I holed so many today – I couldn’t put a foot wrong. Everything I hit went in. To win today is fantastic, it gets me through to the play-offs and hopefully I can push on from there and get to Wentworth.”

As well as qualifying for the end of season play-offs in Turkey, Willey has taken a big step towards qualifying for a place in the Great Britain and Ireland PGA Cup team.

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