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Ferguson wins in Munich and secures Open place

Ewen Ferguson
Ewen Ferguson was emotional as he sealed victory in Germany [Getty Images]

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-18 E Ferguson (Sco); -16 J Smith (Eng), D Micheluzzi (Aus); -14 M Southgate (Eng), C Syme (Sco)

Selected others: -12 R Fisher (Eng); -11 P Reed (USA); -9 T Bjorn (Den); -8 T Lewis, A Wilson (Eng)

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Ewen Ferguson won the BMW International Open in Munich, Germany by two strokes and secured a place at this month's Open Championship at Royal Troon.

The 28-year-old Scots' third DP World Tour win, and his first since 2022, was achieved with a four-under-par final round of 68, taking him to 18 under overall. Englishman Jordan Smith, who jointly led with Ferguson overnight, and Australian David Micheluzzi were shared second.

Ferguson's compatriot Connor Syme also enjoyed a top-five finish with a share of fourth place on 14 under along with England's Matthew Southgate.

Only two Scots, Sandy Lyle and Colin Montgomerie, have previously won the Munich event and Ferguson is the first Scottish player to win a DP World Tour event since Robert MacIntyre's Italian Open victory in 2022.

Ferguson featured at last year's Open Championship at Hoylake and qualifies this year as one of the top five top-20 players in the Race to Dubai not otherwise exempt. This year's Open takes place from 18-21 July on the Ayrshire coast.

Ross Fisher was joint eighth on 12 under, while Tom Lewis and Andrew Wilson finished just inside the top 20 on eight under.

"I honestly can't believe it," Ferguson told Sky Sports. "The last four holes I felt like I was in a dream, I just didn't think this was actually happening. It was crazy.

"I was hitting it so well, I was hitting it so much further than usual. I wanted to do it for my dad, my mum, my sister, my brother at home. I love them so much and every shot I hit I hit with them in mind.

"The exemption with this is so much weight off my shoulders. I'm so happy. Teeing it up in Troon, the Open Championship is a tournament that everyone wants to play in and I feel like I could do well there and the Scottish Open next week too.

"It's such exciting times for me."