Aussie Zions breaks through in France
BY Bruce Young | European PGA Tour | 2011 Saint-Omer Open | Wrap | 20 Jun 2011
Australian golfer Matthew Zions has won his first European Tour event with a comprehensive seven shot victory at the Saint Omer Open in Lumbres in France.
Zions added a final round of 69 to draw seven shots clear having started the final round three shots ahead. The victory guarantees Zions status on the European Tour until the end of 2012.
Although it was an event co-sanctioned between the European Tour and the European Challenge Tour, Zions enjoys status on the main tour in 2011 courtesy of a good season on the Challenge Tour in 2010.
Zions was never really challenged in his final round but four birdies in succession through the middle of his round ensured the title would be his.
“It feels like I’m dreaming,” Zions told European Tour. “The last four holes I was wondering when I could start thinking about winning, and when would be too soon that it tempted fate. I had a lump in my throat a couple of times.
Zions earned a massive €100,000 for his victory.
Originally from northern New South Wales before a collegiate golfing career in the US, Zions has played in Europe for the last five years after securing his European Tour status in 2007. After a poor first season he has played mainly on the Challenge Tour but this victory is a major breakthrough for the 32 year old.
Victorian Andrew Tampion followed up his recent Challenge Tour victory with another good week, finishing in 5th position.