England’s Dan Brown completed a stunning wire-to-wire success at the ISPS HANDA World Invitational to claim his maiden professional win.
The 28-year-old from North Allerton saw his six-shot third round lead shaved only slightly as he posted a closing one-under-par 69 at Galgorm Castle GC in Northern Ireland to reach 15 under par and secure a five-stroke victory over fellow Yorkshireman Alex Fitzpatrick.
About Dan Brown’s Career
Brown, who earned his playing privileges via the DP World Tour Qualifying School in 2022, started with a bogey for the second day in succession before another dropped shot arrived at the third. He returned to level terms with back-to-back birdies at the fifth and sixth, before entering red numbers for the first time at the par five tenth. Then came a real test of his mettle as he dropped a shot at each of the next three holes with Fitzpatrick ready to pounce.
However, the former EuroPro Tour and Challenge Tour player showed the skills which had seen him post rounds of 64, 66, 67 over the first three days, as he birdied the next two holes and the par-four 17th to ensure he could enjoy the walk up 18 with a five-stroke advantage.
English Golfers Dominate ISPS HANDA World Invitational
Fitzpatrick recorded his career-best finish to date with a two-under 68 to finish solo second, while Eddie Pepperell secured his highest finish of the year as he continued the English dominance in third place on seven under par.
This week’s event was tri-sanctioned by the DP World Tour, Ladies European Tour and LPGA Tour, with men’s and women’s tournaments played on the same courses at the same time for two equal prize funds of $1.5m. America’s Alexa Pano made it a birthday to remember as she won her first LPGA Tour title by defeating Gabriella Cowley and Esther Henseleit in a play-off on the day she turned 19.
For all the scores from the men’s event at the ISPS HANDA World Invitational, click here.
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Dan Brown WITB
Driver: Ping G430 LST (9°)
Fairway Wood: Ping G430 Max (3, 15°)
Hybrid: Ping G430 (19°)
Irons: Ping Crossover (2, 3) Ping i230 (4-PW)
Wedges: Ping Glide 4.0 (52°, 58°)
Putter: Ping PLD Milled Oslo 4
Ball: Titleist Pro V1