Darren Clarke overhauled Chris Wood’s four-shot overnight lead this afternoon to claim the Iberdrola Open in Mallorca. Wood, hoping to capitalise on his immense promise and claim his maiden professional victory, was put under some early pressure by Clarke and never regained his momentum, eventually slumping to a six-over 76.
Though the severity of his punishment was perhaps exaggerated slightly by the idiosyncratic demands of an exacting Pula Golf Club layout, Wood’s round was nonetheless littered with elementary errors, ranging from a drive out of bounds on the fifteenth to back-to-back three-putts on the twelfth and thirteenth. Even coming within inches of an ace on his final hole could do little to enliven a dismal back nine of 40.
For his part, Clarke played the role of veteran campaigner with aplomb. His round of 69 was eventually enough for a three-shot win over Wood and compatriot David Lynn. It was the Northerner’s thirteenth European Tour victory.