Craig Watson wins Craigmillar Park Open

Craig Watson with club captain Karen Ballantyne
Craig Watson with club captain Karen Ballantyne
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Former British amateur champion Craig Watson (East Renfrewshire) turned the clock back to win the Craigmillar Park Open - an event he won 19 years ago in 1995.

Watson has rarely missed a Craigmillar Park Open down through the years and his loyalty was rewarded in very testing conditions.

Gale-force winds made play impossible on Saturday and reduced the scheduled first event in the SGU Order of Merit 72-hole calendar to 36 holes.

Yesterday, Watson’s opening par round of 70 kept him in the mix behind joint leaders on 68, Benn McLeod (Musselburgh) and Chris Hutcheon (Monifieth), who held a one-stroke lead over Kenny Mail (West Linton), former winner Matthew Clark (Kilmacolm) and Craig Ross (Kirkhill).

Watson forged to the front with a two-under-par second round of 68 for a two-under total of 138.

That gave him victory by two shots from McLeod, who drifted to a 72 in the second round but his 140 total was still three shots better than a bunch of players who shared third place on 143.