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Aug 9th, 2021

Forrest takes the Hero Open

Scotsman wins on home soil at Fairmont St Andrews

Grant Forrest became the first Scotsman to win on home soil in nearly a decade as he triumphed at the Hero Open at Fairmont St Andrews.

The 28-year-old started the final round in a share of the lead with compatriot Calum Hill and the pair traded blows on the front nine as they both made the turn in 33 shots. The turning point of the afternoon came on the tenth hole as Hill double-bogeyed the par four, with Forrest making birdie for a three-shot swing.
Forrest then birdied the 11th to move to twenty-three-under-par and he was joined on that number by Englishman James Morrison who made a late charge with a nine-under-par round of 63. Forrest lost the lead after a bogey on the 16th, but he recovered with a birdie on the 17th and left himself two feet for birdie - and victory - on the 18th.

Forrest tapped in the putt in front of the home fans, signing for a six-under-par round and a twenty-four-under-par total, also securing the first Scottish win on home soil since Paul Lawrie triumphed at the Johnnie Walker Championship at Gleneagles in 2012.
“So many emotions. To do it in front of everyone who has come up to support me, the last year and a half has been a real challenge on and off the course. I’m delighted, it’ll take a while to sink in," said Forrest.
“It means so much. We’ve been through quite a lot as a family. To do it here, it’s what I’ve always dreamed of, winning a European Tour event. I can’t believe it."
Morrison finished second, two strokes ahead of Spain’s Santiago Tarrio who continued his incredible recent form with a twenty-one-under total. Hill and compatriot David Law shared fourth place on twenty-under.

TAGS: European Tour, Grant Forrest, James Morrison, Calum Hill, 2021