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George Murray delighted to finish third in Madeira

-20 J Morrison (Eng) -19 O Fisher (Eng) -16 G Murray (Sco) -15 C Russo (Fra) -14 A Tadini (Ita) -13 G Clark (Eng), G Coetzee (SA), M Hoey (Ire)

James Morrison celebrates his victory with fiancée Jessica
James Morrison celebrated his victory with fiancée Jessica

George Murray was delighted to settle for third - and 40,000 euros - as Englishman James Morrison won the Madeira Islands Open.

It was the 26-year-old Scot's best-ever European Tour finish.

"It gives me enough money to play a full season on the Challenge Tour without having to worry," he said.

"I tell you what, I have never had that much money before in my life. I am so happy. I am getting married next year, so I'll need to kind of screw the nut."

Murray had started the day a shot behind Morrison, but the Scot was unable to challenge in his final round and a 73 left him four adrift of the Englishman at the finish.

I'm overwhelmed. It hasn't really sunk in yet. I'm over the moon

James Morrison

Indeed, it was another Englishman, Oliver Fisher, starting the day six strokes off the lead, who provided the biggest threat to Morrison but fell one shot short of forcing a play-off.

Murray, who finished 16 under par, was full of praise for the Chingford 21-year-old, who shot a seven-under-par 65, the joint best round of the day.

"I tell you, Olly Fisher, that front nine, I have never seen golf like it," he said.

"He would have been inside 15 feet every hole, including the par fives. He was unbelievable."

George Murray
Murray was unable to mount a final-round challenge

A solid four on the 603-yard par five eighteenth ensured Chertsey 25-year-old Morrison's victory despite Fisher also picking up a shot to complete his bogey-free final round.

"That was ballsy to say the least," said Murray, whose challenge faded with dropped shots at 13 and 14. "A wee 10-footer, left-to-right, nowhere else, well done, congratulations."

Morrison said he was "overwhelmed" with his victory and that it would take days to sink in.

"I knew I had to go for it because I knew Ollie would hit the green and make four at least," he said of that final hole.

"I knew I had to make four to win. So I hit a three wood off a downhill lie and it was the best shot of my career because it meant the most.

"I've got my card for next year. I can play Wentworth, Loch Lomond, I can play all the big events now and who knows what can happen from here?

"I'll just keep doing what I'm doing and hopefully the doors keep opening."

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British trio head pack in Madeira
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