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Barry Lane celebrates double at Fairmont St Andrews
August 23, 2011

Englishman Barry Lane produced a brilliant final-hole eagle to seal a successful defence of the Cleveland Golf/Srixon Scottish Senior Open at Fairmont St Andrews .

A thrilling final-round battle with American Gary Koch saw Lane hold a one-shot lead going into the par-five 18th hole of the five-star resort's Torrance course, and, having watched his opponent roll an eagle effort past the hole, the 51-year-old sunk his third shot for a six-under-par round of 66.

It was the best score of the day and meant Lane finished 14-under par for the tournament, two shots ahead of second-placed Koch, to complete an impressive double at Fairmont St Andrews.

Unsurprisingly Lane's success has given him a love of the tournament, venue and all things Scottish, something he showed by sporting an eye-catching pair of tartan trousers on the last day - and he was full of praise for the course following his victory.

"It's great to retain the title and also if you look at the way I won by playing so well then it feels great," smiled Lane.

"I think I had my first three putt of the week on the tenth hole today and that was for par. I played very nicely today (Sunday), certainly the best that I have played all week. All in all it was a great week and a great way to finish with the eagle.

"But it was nip and tuck all the way round and even when I went three clear I stood on the 14th tee and told myself to stay aggressive and stay focussed because you never know what is going to happen. I managed to do that and then to hole the putt at the last was great.

"My third win in Scotland feels good. I don't know what it is about the place but I just love playing here. Maybe it's the air and the golf courses. Certainly this one suits my eye and I just love courses where you have to use your imagination to get it round."

It was a winning debut for the tartan trousers; one that has been a long time coming as Lane explained: "I have no idea what the tartan is because I am not a Scotsman!

"I actually bought them a few years ago. I saw the tartan and liked it and had them made but I have never been brave enough to wear them until today. I'm glad I did.

"I bought them in 2005, in China of all places, but it is an authentic tartan as far as I know. One thing is for certain: they feel pretty good right now."

Australian Peter Fowler finished two shots behind Koch in third place, having topped the leaderboard for the first two days, while the player closest to supplying a home win was Ross Drummond, a further four shots back on six-under, who shared seventh place with former Ryder Cup captain Ian Woosnam.

Pre-tournament Scottish hopes Sam Torrance and Sandy Lyle didn't fare as well, finishing four and eight-over par respectively.

The Scottish Senior Open is just the latest prestigious event to be held at the five-star Fairmont St Andrews resort following its £17m redevelopment.

Both the Torrance course - which will host the tournament again in 2011 - and the 18-hole Kittocks layout received extensive improvements as part of the works along with the lavish spa complex, six dining venues and five-star hotel.

For more information on Fairmont St Andrews or to book a stay call 01334 837000 alternatively email standrews.scotland@fairmont.com or visit www.fairmont.com/standrews .








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