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Wolverhampton's Aaron Rai wins big at Houston Open

Wolverhampton golf star Aaron Rai pocketed a cool £219,000 after a superb seventh-placed finish at the Texas Children’s Houston Open.


It is comfortably Rai’s best result on the PGA Tour this season and leaves him 73rd on the official world golf rankings.

The former Shropshire & Herefordshire junior scored 10-under-par overall after rounds of 66, 70, 67 and 67.

That left him just two shots shy of winner Stephan Jaeger, who claimed his first PGA Tour title.

Scottie Scheffler came up agonisingly short in his bid for a third straight victory – finishing as one of five players on 11-under-par.

“I just tried to stay within myself, tried to make some birdies,” said Jaeger. “Birdies kind of eluded me on the back nine there but this golf course plays a little difficult especially if you’re right around the lead. There’s so much trouble and I’m super happy obviously with the day.”

Telford's Will Enefer earned just over £9,000 after finishing in a tie for 45th at the Hero Indian Open. Enefer made the cut with rounds of 69 and 70, but could not break par again as he closed with 75 and 72.

Keita Nakajima claimed his first DP World Tour victory at the event, finishing on 17-under – four shots clear of the field.

Staffordshire’s Richard Mansell withdrew after the third round, but took home just over £2,500.