Lee Slattery won the M2M Russian Open by a single shot Sunday to clinch his second European Tour title. The Englishman posted a 2-under-par 69 in his fourth round at Skolkovo Golf Club to end the tournament on 15-under 269 and claim his first victory since winning the Bankia Madrid Masters in 2011.
Who didn’t win
Estanislao Goya of Argentina finished second at 14-under 270 after a final-round, 3-under 68. David Horsey of England, who won two weeks ago in Denmark, also shot 68 in the final round and finished third at 13 under. James Heath of England (closing 65), Oskar Henningsson of Sweden (68), Michael Hoey of Northern Ireland (64) and Pablo Martín Benavides of Spain (67) tied for fourth at 12-under 272.
How it happened
After fog delayed the start by two hours, Slattery got his final round off perfectly, rolling in his long-range birdie putt at the first to move to 14-under par. However, Slattery bogeyed the second before seeing his lead reduced to one stroke when Goya fired a birdie at the third. The 37-year-old dropped another shot at the sixth, with Goya carding a birdie at the same hole to leapfrog his playing partner at the top of the leaderboard. Slattery kept up the pressure on Goya by matching his birdie at the 11th, only to find himself a further shot off the lead when the 27-year-old made another gain at the 12th. But the Argentine dropped a shot at the 13th, and after Slattery notched a birdie at the next Goya’s second bogey of the day on the 15th handed Slattery the outright lead. Slattery extended his advantage to two strokes when he chipped in for another birdie at the 17th. Goya carded a birdie at the last to pile the pressure on the Englishman, but he held his nerve, tapping in his crucial par putt to win by one.