Aug 16th, 2021
Hill victorious at Cazoo Classic
Scot claims his maiden European Tour title at the London Golf Club
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The 26-year-old had missed out on an opportunity of a first victory at last week’s Hero Open, losing out to his compatriot Grant Forrest having shared the lead heading into the final day, but he made no mistake at London Golf Club.
“It’s brilliant and I’m delighted. I’m happy with how I managed to play my last 11 or 12 holes and I’m really proud of what I managed to do," said Hill.
“I’m just happy I know I can get into Wentworth now! That was in doubt. This is the starting point and if I can take it on from here I’ll see how far I can go.
Hill was one stroke off the pace entering round four and was two shots back as he reached the turn, but birdies at the 10th, 13th and 15th edged him clear of the pack on sixteen-under.
The three-time Challenge Tour winner holed a crucial par putt on the 17th as the contenders lined up behind him, including Alexander Levy who stormed through the pack with an eight-under 64 to set a fifteen-under par clubhouse target.
Hill held his nerve and a par at the last earned him a sixteen-under finishing total and the title as the inaugural Cazoo Classic champion, Levy claiming outright second place for the Frenchman's best finish since April 2018 when he won the Trophée Hassan II.
Richard Bland continued his impressive summer as he shared third place with his English compatriot Callum Shinkwin, Welshman Jamie Donaldson, and third round leader Rasmus Højgaard of Denmark.