Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Ross Masters Madrid

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Ross Masters Madrid

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ROSS McGOWAN hopes his first European Tour win is a launchpad to better things - maybe even a Ryder Cup debut next year.

The 27-year-old from Surrey took the Madrid Masters by three yesterday - he had been seven clear after Saturday's amazing 60 - and with it moved to second spot in the race for places in Colin Montgomerie's side.

These are still very early days in that, of course - but McGowan has finished third, sixth and first in his last three tournaments and has broken 70 no fewer than 10 out of 12 times in that spell.

"It means a lot to win. That's another goal out of the way, and I hope from here I can progress and move on to bigger things," said the former English amateur champion, whose victory earned him just over pounds 227,000.

Also celebrating last night was ex-British amateur champion Mikko Ilonen.

Having found himself 12 off the lead after an opening 74 at Centro Nacional, the Finn had back-to-back 63s and then a closing 66 to take second place and clinch a Tour card for next season. …

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