Brendan McCarroll is making winning a habit. Picture by Carlo TorchioBallyliffin’s Brendan McCarroll won on the Alps Tour for the second time in three weeks when he closed with a sensational, seven under 62 to snatch the Casino’ Sanremo Open by a stroke at CG degli Ulivi Sanremo.

The 26-year old from Derry is now perfectly placed to automatic promotion to the 2013 Challenge Tour after jumping from 15th to second in the Alps Tour money list after six events. Results

Tied for 14th after the first two rounds, six shots behind leader Romain Bechu of France on one under par, McCarroll had nine birdies and two bogeys in his final round to win by one from Swiss Jon Andrea Noder  and Italy’s Alberto Campanile on eight under par.

“I drove so well that I decided to play aggressively,” McCarroll told “During first round I had nightmares around greens, I could not chip well. But today it is ok. I just played my game and it worked.”  

McCarroll earned €5,800 for his second professional win and is now second on the Alps Tour money list with €14,068 from six events.

Lurgan’s Gareth Shaw, who finished 16th in Sanremo, is fourth on the Order of Merit with €8,275 from seven starts.