The golfer becomes only the seventh man to win on the Challenge Tour, European Tour and European Senior Tour after clinching the pro-am tournament yesterday, sponsored by us for the second time, which included Ian Botham among the competitors vocally supporting the cause.
Paul Eales has been crowned the second Prostate Cancer UK Scottish Senior Open champion.
The 53-year-old surged through the field on an eventful final day yesterday at Archerfield to succeed Paul Broadhurst as champion.
Seven shots adrift of overnight leader Ronan Rafferty, Eales carded a four-under par 68 for a first European Senior Tour title – and his first success in 22 years.
In doing so he became just the seventh man to win on the Challenge Tour, European Tour and European Senior Tour.
I know I’ve now joined a small band of brothers who have won on all three Tours
Eales, who praised the work of Prostate Cancer UK during this acceptance speech, said: “That is the special thing, knowing that I’d won on the Challenge Tour on the way up, on the European Tour and now here. It’s extremely special and I know I’ve now joined a small band of brothers who have won on all three Tours.
“It’s special to come to Archerfield, one of my favourite places on the planet. To win a title in Scotland, the home of golf, is a privilege.”
Rafferty had set a blistering pace on day one at Archerfield but faded on the third day, with Australian Peter Fowler and Spaniard Santiago Luna sharing second place.
Fowler’s compatriot, Mike Harwood, finished two shots behind Eales, nine under par. And former European Ryder Cup Captain Mike James shared fifth place with Rafferty and Gary Wolstenholme.
Anything we do through the game of golf to make people aware of prostate cancer has got to be a good thing
Leading into the tournament, former European Tour number one Rafferty said: “One in eight is a shocking statistic, as is for us all to be completely unaware of this very curable disease. Anything we do through sport and the game of golf to make all people, let alone all men, aware of this has got to be a good thing.”
Cricket legend Sir Ian Botham was equally outspoken in his support for Prostate Cancer UK's mission to beat the most common cancer in men.
“Wild horses wouldn’t drag me away from here,” he said. “I’d take any chance to come here to Archerfield to support the European Senior Tour and a great charity in Prostate Cancer UK.
“Men have this refusal to admit that there might be something wrong with them. It’s not manly. If that’s what you think, you won’t be around too long. So man-up and get yourself sorted. There are plenty of places you can get yourself checked out.”
Watch more on the impact of the event and highlights from the three days here.