Island Games 2013: Gavin O'Neill wins golf gold in Bermuda
Jersey's Gavin O'Neill fired a level-par final round 71 to win a golf gold at the Island Games on a sweltering but at times breezy afternoon in Bermuda.
O'Neill had gone into the day in fourth spot, six shots off the lead.
A birdie on the first set him up for a comeback but in reality it was just a steady performance which saw him clinch the title by a single shot.
O'NEILL'S CHAMPIONSHIP IN FULL
- R1 - 75
- R2 - 76
- R3 - 75
- R4 - 71
Only two players shot under par rounds all week at Port Royal, home of the PGA Grand Slam of Golf.
"After nine holes I'd taken the lead and I just felt if I played steady on the back nine there was going to be a gold medal waiting for me at the end," O'Neill told BBC Radio Jersey.
"I felt like I was a good enough player to catch the leaders up.
"I was relying on them making a few mistakes but also at the same time I had to play quality golf and that's what I did."
The Royal Jersey player should really have had a bigger lead coming up the last, but bogeyed the 17th after missing a short putt meaning he took just a one-shot advantage to the last hole.
O'Neill found the final green in regulation and wrapped up his par, before Bermuda's Jarryd Dillas missed a birdie putt from distance which would have taken them into a play-off.
Aland's Johan Lindholm, who had led after three days, shot a final round 10 over 81 but that was still enough for bronze.
Meanwhile O'Neill's triumph played a key role in helping Jersey's men's team - also featuring Sam Crenan, Matthew Parkman and Nick Wildman - win overall bronze.
The Island Games comes to an end on Friday after six days of action in Bermuda.