Anthony Wall of England plays a shot on the 2nd hole during the round one of DP World Tour Championship golf tournament in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Thursday, Nov. 19, 2015. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)
Kamran Jebreili
August 07, 2016

NORTH BERWICK, Scotland (AP) Anthony Wall of England won his first European Tour title in more than 16 years, beating Alex Noren of Sweden 1 up in the final of the Paul Lawrie Match Play on Sunday.

Noren was looking to win a second title in Scotland in the space of a month, after capturing the Scottish Open on July 10, and was 2 up after two holes over the Archerfield links in the windiest conditions of the week.

He didn't win another hole.

Wall, ranked No. 234, won Nos. 3, 6 and 11, and saw Noren miss a birdie putt from 12 feet at the par-5 last that would have taken the match to extra holes.

Wall's only previous title was at the Alfred Dunhill Championship in 2000 - 16 years, 204 days ago. He has played 431 events since then, and has struggled over the past three years with hip and back injuries.

''I thought my time had passed, I have to be honest,'' Wall said.

The 41-year-old Wall played 107 holes in six matches in eastern Scotland.

''I've been struggling all year, not feeling well,'' he said. ''And then this week, I've been really enjoying myself.''

In the third-place playoff, Oliver Fisher was a 4-and-2 winner over fellow Englishman James Morrison.

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