Thornton fires final round 67 to complete two shot win at Clandeboye

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Simon Thornton (Photo by Patrick Bolger/Getty Images)

Simon Thornton signed for a four-under par final round 67 to claim a stunning victory at The Northern Ireland Masters hosted by Jonathan Caldwell at Clandeboye Golf Club.

The Tulfarris pro, who hit the front with a remarkable 11-under par course record 60 on Wednesday, found his scoring boots once more after a fog delay on Friday to lay siege to the field and claim the £12,500 top prize in the event supported by Ards and North Down Borough Council, Tourism NI, Sport NI, and the N.I Executive.

Thornton was exemplary on the final day, taking the delay in his stride to post four birdies in a bogey-free final effort to reach 14-under par, two clear of England’s David Langley at 12-under with Mitch Waite back in third at nine-under par.

Tullamore’s Stuart Grehan carded a final round 71 to claim outright seventh place at six-under with tournament host Caldwell in a tie for 18th at three-under par. Luke Donnelly (+2),  John Ross Galbraith (+3), Nathan McCann (+5), Neil O’Briain (+6) and Dylan Brophy (+8) completed the Irish scoring.

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