Dominant Molina secures maiden Legends title in Austria

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Mauricio Molina held off the chasing pack to claim his maiden Legends Tour title with a four shot victory at the Riegler and Partner Legends. The Argentinian posted an impressive five-under par round of 67 to finish on 17-under par, moving clear of fellow countryman and 2019 champion José Coceres to lift the trophy.

The 54-year-old was relieved to negate a double-bogey on the second hole with an eagle on the seventh and five birdies for the round, believing his intense focus was paramount to his success at Golf Club Murhof. “

I’m very happy for my first victory,” he said. “Today I birdied the opening hole and then made a double-bogey on the second which was not a good start. My concentration and confidence is very important to my game. The driver is the best club in my game because I am so accurate with it and after the seventh hole, I managed to make some putts too.”

Molina believes his victory can be a catalyst for further Legends Tour success and is looking to take his form into the Italian Senior Open hosted by Sergio Melpignano, which takes place in just a few weeks’ time November 3-5.

“This win is very important to me moving forwards,” he said. “I will take confidence into the next tournaments in Italy and Mauritius, and I am grateful for the opportunity to play.

“I want to say thank you to everyone at the Legends Tour, Golf Club Murhof, the promoter, my sponsors and all of the players. This tournament is very special and the hospitality has been amazing. I hope we come back for many more years.”

Spaniard José Manuel Carriles and Germany’s Thomas Gögele shared third place on 12-under par, while three-time European Tour winner Peter Baker finished in fifth place on 11-under par.

As for the Irish, Brendan McGovern signed for rounds of 70, 73 and 74 for a one-over tally and a share of 45th, banking €1,175 for the effort while Philip Walton finished down the field in 65th at 14-over.

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