Aberdeen’s Paul Lawrie said he felt proud after winning on his Scottish Senior Open debut at Craigielaw Golf Club.
The 1999 Open champion was the only player to finish the £250,000 Staysure Title event under par after a final round of level-par 71.
Lawrie finished two under after rounds of 68, 72 and 71 to finish two shots ahead Englishman Peter Baker and Australian Peter Fowler.
The Scotsman, who celebrated the 20th anniversary of his major success at Carnoustie last month, made the turn in 33 strokes, two under par, and battled hard in the blustery conditions on the back nine to card a round of 71.
After battling injury last season and having turned 50 at the beginning of the year, Lawrie, pictured celebrating with his wife Marian, was delighted to clinch an inaugural win on the over-50s circuit, especially on home soil.
“I’ve always enjoyed playing in Scotland and that is my fourth win in my home country and I’m very proud of that,” he said.
“I think a lot of the players struggle to play in their own country with expectations on them but I’ve always felt comfortable playing in front of Scottish people.
“It doesn’t matter what tour it is, winning is difficult. It’s not easy.
“Peter Baker did a top effort to get in the house at level par, so my job was to get in at one under par. That was the only job I was thinking about and I managed to finish one better than that.
“I’ve not won since 2012 on the European Tour.
“Obviously, I’m a senior now and I’m playing senior events.
“I want to be one of the top players on the Staysure Tour and one of the top seniors, so this win is a massive step to doing that.
“My game has been getting better for a few weeks and I’ve been telling people I’m getting there and I’m going to win soon.
“The Senior Open was the first week where I felt my foot and my back were where I needed them to be.
“My surgeon, Gordon Mackay, said it would take a year for my foot to be right.
“I thought my career was over with my foot the way it was but Gordon McKay did a great job.”
Baker, winner of Senior Open Hauts de France hosted by Jean van de Velde in June, recorded a one-under 70 to finish two strokes behind Lawrie in a share of second place with Fowler.
Overnight leader Fowler was unable to follow his impressive five-under 66 from day two as he signed for a disappointing four-over 75.
Englishman David Shacklady and Markus Brier of Austria completed the top five as they signed for rounds of 69 and 73, respectively, to finish at one over par.
Lawrie’s previous wins on Scottish soil were The Open in 1999, the Dunhill Links Championship in 2001 and the Johnnie Walker Championship in 2012.