Welsh golfer Rhys Davies wins Turkish Airlines Challenge

Rhys Davies
Before turning professional, Rhys Davies played collegiate golf in the United States

Welsh golfer Rhys Davies ended his "horrible" five-year wait for a title with a four-shot victory at the Turkish Airlines Challenge.

A two-under-par 70 at the Gloria Golf Resort in Belek was enough to secure his first win since the 2010 Trophée Hassan on the European Tour.

The 29-year-old finished 14 under overall in Turkey to seal a third career European Challenge Tour title.

"It's a bit of a surprise to be honest," said Davies.

"Sometimes it's been really horrible in the last couple of years, I'm not going to pretend.

"It does feel like a long time since I've won, but it's strange that when you get in the mix everything floods back to you."

Davies finished four shots ahead of runner-up Lorenzo Gagli from Italy.

The Welshman's victory capped a significant revival after a difficult few years for the Bridgend player, who was ranked 44th in the world in 2010 before falling to 181st place in 2014.

"It's been quite dark sometimes, but I always felt that if I could get in the mix I could win again. I didn't doubt that to be honest," said Davies.

"But I couldn't see it happening any time soon at various moments.

"I've been very fortunate that a number of people have been very supportive of me during my tough times.

"[Former Ryder Cup player] Phillip Price is one in particular. He's been exceptionally supportive."

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