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The win is the first of Wilsons career in 228 events
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St. Andrews, Scotland - Oliver Wilson fired a final- round, 2-under 70 on Sunday and he held on to win the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship by one shot. Wilson used a charge on the back nine on the Old Course at St. Andrews to finish the week at 17-under-par 271. The win is the first of Wilsons career in 228 events on the European Tour. I dont have words for it, Wilson said. Its been 10 years, 11 years coming ... Today I was just trying to be patient. I got off to a good start ball- striking wise, but a couple three-putts and you kind of think here we go. I just stayed patient. After Wilson made par at No. 18, Tommy Fleetwood was the last threat, but his birdie putt slid just by to the right. Fleetwood finished tied for second at 16-under 272 after a 4-under 68 on Sunday. He was joined at minus-16 by world No. 1 Rory McIlroy (68) and Richie Ramsay (67). Chris Doak carded a 6-under 66 and he finished alone in fifth at 15-under 273. Richard Sterne (67), Shane Lowry (67) and Louis Oosthuizen (68) all ended tied for sixth at minus-14. Wilson was very quiet to start his round as he made no birdies, one bogey and eight pars on the opening nine. In the meantime, others behind Wilson made their moves early. Richie Ramsay made four birdies and a bogey on the front nine, and he continued that hot stretch with two more birdies on 10 and 11 to move into a share of the lead with Fleetwood at minus-16. Fleetwood also opened strong with gains on three, five, six and eight to finish the front nine even with Ramsay and two shots ahead of Wilson. McIlroy was also in contention despite making double-bogey at the first. After that, the worlds top player rattled off four straight birdies from No. 2 and he made the turn at minus-14. A birdie on No. 10 got McIlroy to within one of the leaders. A Wilson birdie on No. 10 moved him even with McIlroy and one shot back. Another gain for McIlroy on No. 12 was followed by a birdie on No. 11 from Wilson, making it a four-way tie for first at minus-16. Ramsay took over sole possession of first place with a birdie on 14 and it looked as if he was going to run away with the title after making it back-to- back birdies with a gain on 15, putting him two shots up. It was a rough finish for Ramsay, however, as he bogeyed 16 and 17. A par at the last was not enough as Ramsay finished a shot back. Right after Ramsays bogey on 17, Wilson put an incredible approach shot on 16 to within a couple feet and he kicked that in for birdie to take over the lead at 17-under. The shot I hit on 16 was probably the best shot Ive hit in my life, said Wilson. McIlroy made a bogey on 17 to fall two back and a birdie at the last was not enough to force a playoff. Wilson and Fleetwood, both playing in the final group, both made it on the 18th green in two with Wilson leading by one. After Wilson missed his birdie effort and settled for par, Fleetwoods short birdie putt just missed to the right, giving the title to Wilson. Was just trying to calm my mind down the last, Wilson said. Tommy putted great all day and I thought hed make that. Ive been in that position a few times, watching people putt to hole out and win or to get in the playoff. He played great. Im sorry it slipped by, but it was hard to hold the emotion in after that. NOTES: Wilson had nine runner-up finishes in his career without a win before Sunday ... McIlroy was seeking his 10th win on the European Tour ... Wilson played on the European Ryder Cup team in 2008, which was the last time the United States defeated Europe ... Wilson earned 625,787 euros with the victory ... Next week the European Tour heads to Portugal for the Portugal Masters, where David Lynn won by one shot over Justin Walters last year. Rajon Rondo Jersey . 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