Celtic Manor glory for Jaidee
Thailand's Thongchai Jaidee won the ISPS Handa Wales Open at Celtic Manor on Sunday, but only after Ryder Cup player Ross Fisher was penalised a shot for slow play when one off the lead.
Fisher fell foul of European Tour rules when he took too long over shots at the 11th and 14th holes and fell back to joint sixth over the closing stretch.
Jaidee, a 42-year-old former paratrooper, had his fifth victory on the circuit, but first outside Asia with a closing one-over-par 72. On six under under par he finished one ahead of Dane Thomas Bjorn, Spain's Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano, Dutchman Joost Luiten and South African Richard Sterne.
"I don't think it's justice, but there you go," said Fisher who was also fined £6,000.
Although it is only 10 months since the European Tour last handed out a stroke penalty, it is thought to be decades since someone in the final group on the final day had action taken against them for slow play.
The most famous incident came in the 1981 PGA Championship at Ganton when Nick Faldo, Greg Norman and Ken Brown were all fined - winner Faldo and Norman the princely sum of £50 and Brown £150.
Tour chief referee John Paramor was the man who stepped in after giving Fisher, Jaidee and Luiten a warning as early as the sixth hole that they needed to speed up.
Then came Fisher's second shot to the par-five 11th. As the second of the group to play he was allowed 40 seconds plus a few more because of the bad weather, but took 57 seconds.
"It was a clear bad time," said Paramor. "Then on the 14th green he took 55 seconds over his first putt. I told him before he teed off at the 15th - and I don't think he was particularly happy."