Williams in maiden Senior Tour win

Chris Williams fired a final-round 64 to take a one stroke victory in the Aberdeen Brunei Senior Masters presented by The Stapleford Forum and win his maiden European Senior Tour title.

Williams, 51, came close a few times in his rookie season on the European Senior Tour last year, when he finished second on the Order of Merit behind Boonchu Ruagnkit, but this was a satisfying victory achieved off the back of great golf.

“My last victory was in 2003 and you do wonder if you will win again,” he said. “To do it against players I competed again on the European Tour – Barry Lane, Ian Woosnam, Sandy Lyle, Sam Torrance – was extra special.”

He started the final round five shots off the lead, but he eagled the second to get his charge off to a good start.

He reached the turn with two birdies and a bogey to add to that, and then four consecutive birdies from the 12th put him within sight of the win.

He almost unravelled on the 17th when he had to chip out sideways from deep rough after his drive kicked left off the fairway and he then missed a 10-foot par putt.

However a birdie on the 18th to sealed the deal, as Williams finished on 12-under-par 201, one stroke clear of Korean Sang-ho Choi with Australian Mike Harwood a further two strokes back on 10-under.

“The first one is always the hardest,” he said. “I’ve been runner up three times and close on a number of other occasions so people do start to talk about it. It’s nice to get that monkey off your back.

“I always felt like I was capable of winning but someone would always play better than me on the last day or have a crucial putt so it’s great to finally do it.”

Going one better in the Order of Merit is uppermost in his mind now.

“Winning a tournament was definitely my target at the start of the season but the Order of Merit was too,” said Williams. “Barry Lane is going to be a strong challenger and I think he’ll win a few this season and Sandy is going to play more so it will be tough. You can’t take your foot of the pedal at all so it was good to get a win under my belt.”

Bobby Lincoln closed with a three-under 68 and a share of 11th, while Steve van Vuuren’s level-par 71 saw him tie for 44th.

Tony Johnstone and Bertus Smit shared 58th.

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