Cullen joint second on European Challenge Tour

Despite the disappointment of not cashing in on his overnight lead, South Australia’s Nick Cullen has had his best result in three events on the European Challenge Tour this season with a joint runner-up finish in the Le Vaudreuil Golf Challenge on Sunday.

Sweden’s Alexander Björk took inspiration from countryman Henrik Stenson’s historic performance at The Open Championship last week to card a two-under par 69 to finish at 14-under par for his first Challenge Tour win, one shot clear of Cullen and England’s Aaron Rai.

Nick Cullen Nick Cullen (Credit: Anthony Powter)

“Henrik was such an inspiration,” the 26-year old champion said. “I was back in Sweden last week playing a team competition for my home club and I was really tired after that, but when he won this spirit started inside me and I thought, ‘I’m so looking forward to playing next week.’”

“He was a former Challenge Tour player as well, so he’s really inspiring me right now. I had him in mind today, me and Nick going out there like Henrik and Phil [Mickelson] last week in that battle – I was thinking more about that than what the other guys were doing.”

Cullen, a former Australian Masters winner, shot a final round 72 but still had an opportunity on the final green to force a playoff had he been able to hole an eagle putt.

Englishman Rai birdied three of his last four holes to share runner-up spot with Cullen, with Germany’s Sebastian Heisele a further stroke back in fourth place.