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Mike Browne Dedicates G4D Tour Season Finale Win To Late Father

Mike Browne

Mike Browne dedicated his second G4D Tour title to the memory of his father after securing a three-stroke victory at the season-ending event in Dubai.

With inclement weather resulting in Friday’s play being cancelled, the G4D Tour Season Finale @ DP World Tour Championship was reduced to 18 holes at Jumeirah Golf Estates.

Browne posted a one-under-par 71 to finish ahead of World Number One Kipp Popert, inaugural G4D Open winner Brendan Lawlor and Canada’s Kurtis Barkley who finished in a tie for second place.

The Englishman won his maiden G4D title in Ireland last year and he was delighted to make an emotional return to the winner’s circle at the Earth course.

“That was a pretty special day,” he said. “The course was playing amazing. That one was for my dad. We lost him a year ago.”

The Englishman began with a bogey but bounced back immediately with a birdie at the par-five second, before getting into the red by also birdieing the long seventh.

Leg-amputee Browne held a one-shot lead after his opening nine holes, with Popert and fellow G4D Tour winner David Watts his nearest challengers.

Back-to-back gains at the 11th and 12th extended his advantage to four shots before he closed with a double bogey after taking a shot penalty following his second shot at the par-five 18th.

This was the eighth and final event of an expanded second season of the G4D Tour.

During the season, the world’s best golfers with a disability have played at some iconic venues, something that is not lost on Browne.

“You can’t put it into words,” he said, “You are sharing the course with the greats of modern times so I feel very privileged and lucky to get this chance. Thank you to everyone who has got me to this point.”