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Birdies, tears flow for Marcus Armitage at European Open

Marcus Armitage wins 2021 Porsche European Open
England’s Marcus Armitage finds the line toward victory Monday at the Porsche European Open in Hamburg, Germany for his 1st title on the European Tour.

Englishman matches low round of tournament, a 7-under 65, to claim his 1st victory, opening emotional tribute to his late mother

England’s Marcus Armitage struggled to contain his emotions Monday, and ultimately it would be his only loss of the day.

Armitage matched the low round of the tournament with a 7-under 65 and then watched his 8-under 208 total hold up to win the Porsche European Open in Hamburg, Germany. The victory, in his 71st career start, was his first title on the European Tour.

Armitage finished the 54-hole event at Green Eagle Golf Courses two strokes ahead of Belgium’s Thomas Detry (69), Italy’s Edoardo Molinari (70), England’s Matthew Southgate (71) and the Netherlands’ Darius Van Driel (70).

“I'm an emotional guy,” Armitage said through tears behind the 18th green. “I'm struggling to keep a lid on it here. I was just trying to breathe and be calm, not touch my phone, because that will be going berserk.

“But then you start thinking about everybody at home, like my fiancée. Twenty years ago, I lost my mum [Jean, to cancer], and I've dreamt about this since that day, being a winner, and you have days where you think it might not happen, but I just stuck at it.

“Today is a great day, and I'm sure she would be proud, and everybody in my team that's helped me – this one's for me. All those days on my own dealing with life – and I'm sure a lot of people do – all those lonely days on my own, working on my dream, and I think I've got to take a lot of credit for it myself.”

Armitage had started the day four strokes off the lead. The victory was the fourth top-10 result in 10 starts this year for Armitage, a 2016 Challenge Tour graduate.

Sean Crocker finished as the low American, in a tie for 11th at 2-under 214.

The tournament was rescheduled from a 72-hole, Thursday-Sunday format to a 54-hole event on Saturday-Monday because of COVID-19-related travel restrictions imposed by the German government on visitors from the United Kingdom.

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