Dutchman Daan Huizing denies Meghan MacLaren golfing history

23-year-old Meghan MacLaren signed for a level par final-round 72 for a 14-under-par total of 202. (AFP pic)

AQABA: Meghan MacLaren was denied a place in golfing history on Saturday by Dutchman Daan Huizing who overhauled the overnight leader to claim the Jordan Mixed Open by two shots on Saturday.

The 23-year-old Briton went into the final day of the first tournament to see male and female players competing for the same prize on the same course atop the leaderboard after a second consecutive round of 65 on Friday.

MacLaren, a vocal opponent of gender pay disparity in golf, was three shots ahead at the turn but came unstuck at the 11th when a double bogey lost her sole possession of the lead.

Huizing, a former top amateur, had trailed MacLaren by two shots overnight.

The Dutchman had matched the course record of 64 in his opening round, adding a second-round 68 and duplicating that score in his final round for a 16-under-par total of 200.

MacLaren signed for a level par final-round 72 for a 14-under-par total of 202.

In third, two shots further adrift, came Denmark’s Martin Simonsen. He in turn was one stroke clear of a three-way tie for fourth involving Jose Coceres, Oliver Farr and Jack Senior.

The three-round event in Ayla Golf Club in the Red Sea resort town of Aqaba drew men and women from the Ladies and Men’s European Tours as well as the seniors tour.

The bragging rights in the Henry household meanwhile were claimed by Scott, who finished in a share of 11th, while his wife Kylie missed the final-round cut.