Rotherham’s Sam Haywood’s week home from caddying on the European Tour paid off when he clinched the Lee Westwood Trophy tonight.
Haywood returned to the Rotherham course where he grew up as a youngster to take the trophy by one stroke from York’s Julian Taylor and Bondhay’s Daniel Wasteney.
Haywood is caddy to Tour pro Peter Uihlein and a short break in the schedule allowed him to play.
He said: “I’m caddying back in Denmark on Monday but I’m glad I had the opportunity to play here. I’m not playing much – but in practice this week I was in good shape and I managed to carry it over into the Westwood.
“I probably won’t get the chance to play again for a couple of months so I’m delighted.
“I wasn’t expected to win so the pressure was off,” added the player who had a spell as a pro himself before regaining his amateur status in 2013.
His rounds of 67/69/70/70 gave him a total of three under par.
Leading by three strokes over The Oaks GC James Walker as the final round began, he was looking in good shape for victory until York GC star and county champion Julian Taylor steamed home with a final round of 65 and total of 2 under to put the pressure on.
Yet Haywood showed resolve with a steady round of one over. A long putt on 17 gave him a birdie and a two shot cushion that he used to his advantage finishing with a tap in bogey to lift the trophy.
Tied fourth with a total of 280, three behind Haywood, were Pike Hills Martin Brown, Patrick Duff from Sutton Coldfield and David Houlding, Moortown.
The Westwood Trophy is one of the North’s premier amateur events attracting a field from across the UK and beyond. This year the World Ranking competition featured golfers from Sweden, Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Jersey and France.