Julian Suri has captured his first title on the European Tour at the Made In Denmark, firing seven birdies and posting a blemish-free 64 to claim a four-stroke victory over David Horsey.
The American arrived at Himmerland Golf and Spa Resort ranked outside the world’s top-200 players, having played only a handful of times on the European Tour.
But Suri, whose first event on Tour came at the 2016 Australian PGA Championship, maintained a cool head throughout, overcoming his playing partner’s overnight lead with an attacking mindset.
“There’s no wind out here and with all the rain last night there was going to be a lot of birdies,” said Suri, who went out in five-under par.
“I have an aggressive mentality so I feel like that played right into my hands. And I’ve been hitting it so well the last couple of days I just fired right at the flags.”
The confident 26-year-old, who won the D+D REAL Czech Challenge on the Challenge Tour earlier this year, was victorious with just his seventh start on the European Tour.
“The build-up is definitely a little bit different, just with the crowds, the atmosphere and the media … But once you get on the course, it’s the same old game that I’ve been playing since I was five,” Suri said.
“It’s what I love to do, and feelings like these make all the work worth it. I feel like my game belongs at the top of the game.”
Wade Ormsby backed up a solid performance in Fiji last week to finish with a share of sixth. The South Australian shot the equal-best opening round – a seven-under 64 – and finished the tournament seven shots back at 12-under par.
Meanwhile, John Daly threatened to become the European Tour’s oldest winner. The 51-year-old shot rounds of 67-70-65 to trail by only three shots entering the final round.
But the two-time major winner couldn't keep the momentum going, and two birdies were offset by bogies as he closed with an even-par final round and a share of 10th.