Wilson edges out McIlroy for Dunhill Links win

Pic credit Anne Johnston.

Pic credit Anne Johnston.

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England’s Oliver Wilson was the eventual winner of the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship after beating world number one Rory McIlroy by a single shot.

Wilson, ranked 792nd in the world at the start of the week, showed enormous courage to keep his game together and score a two-under-par 70, holding off challenges from McIlroy, Scotland’s Richie Ramsay and England’s Tommy Fleetwood, who all shared second place.

ST ANDREWS, SCOTLAND - OCTOBER 05:  Oliver Wilson of England holds the trophy aloft on the Swilcan Bridge on the 18th hole after victory in the 2014 Alfred Dunhill Links Championship at The Old Course on October 5, 2014 in St Andrews, Scotland.  (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

ST ANDREWS, SCOTLAND - OCTOBER 05: Oliver Wilson of England holds the trophy aloft on the Swilcan Bridge on the 18th hole after victory in the 2014 Alfred Dunhill Links Championship at The Old Course on October 5, 2014 in St Andrews, Scotland. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

He said: “So many people had written me off and that hurt, but I kept believing. It’s been a long time coming and I have a lot of champagne on hold. It’s going to be a good party.”

Oliver lost his European Tour card in 2011 and was playing in the Championship as an invitee, but now has a two-year exemption on the European Tour.

The championship, played over the Championship Course at Carnoustie, the Old Course at St Andrews and Kingsbarns Golf Links, incorporates two separate competitions - an individual professional tournament for the world’s leading golfers and a team event in which the professionals are paired with celebrated amateur golfers, including the likes of Bill Murray, Ian Botham, Tim Henman, Huey Lewis and JP McManus.