England’s Ben Mason chipped in to steal the glory at the Open Mahou de Madrid and secure the first Challenge Tour victory of his career at the Casino Club de Golf Retamares.
The 30 year old posted a two under par 69 to win by a single stroke from compatriot Tim Milford and Spain’s Alvaro Velasco, winning a first prize of €20,800 that saw him break into the top ten of the Challenge Tour Rankings and in prime position to win back his European Tour card via the top 20 of the Rankings.
After a week of horrendous conditions when thunder, flooding and fog all played their part in reducing the tournament to 54 holes, Mason stayed the strongest man in the field to triumph in what were, at times, quite treacherous circumstances.
“It was tough, very windy, and pretty much a battle all day really,” said Mason.
“You just had to get your head down and do the best you could because it was such a tough week with the weather and the conditions the way they were.
“The key for me this week was my short game and just staying patient with all the delays that were going on. I’m delighted to have done that, but the feeling of winning hasn’t quite sunk in yet – maybe it will during the week when I get home and reflect on all that’s happened.
“I feel ready to go back up to The European Tour now, but I’ll have to keep playing to a similar level as I have done this week to be able to do that through the Challenge Tour.”