British Masters Place For Mellor

British Masters Place For Mellor

July 21st, 2008

John Mellor won the Quinta da Ria/Casinos do Algarve Swing at Quinta da Ria by one shot, taking him to the top of the Order of Merit and so earning him a place in the Daily Telegraph Damovo British Masters.

The final day of play was always centred on the battle between the overnight leader, David Close (Hornsea), and former European Tour player Mellor (Lindrick). The afternoon saw the lead change hands between the two time and time again, before Mellor pulled away on the last few holes to finish six under for the day, taking him to an amazing fourteen under par total, one shot ahead of Close, to take the title.

John said, “I’m chuffed to bits – this Tour is going from strength to strength and I’m so pleased to be a part of it”. He added, “The course was awesome and I can’t fault it, so this is just perfect!”.

David Close commented, “I just didn’t really get it going today, I missed a few chances and paid the price”. However, his second place finish gained him a cheque for £6,250, and it seems likely that his amazing nine under par course record will stand for a long time to come.

(Picture: John Mellor, course owner Jose Lisboa, and Antonio Sobrinho)

Young Portuguese player Antonio Sobrinho finished in third place after playing a solid final round to record four birdies and just one bogey, finishing twelve under for the tournament on 204.

Graeme Storm played a sensational final round which included eight birdies to record a score of 64 – the best of the day – and finish ten under for the tournament. This took him into joint fourth place with Kyron Sullivan, Marc Warren, Graham Rankin and John Wells.

Wells also became the second player of the tournament to sink a hole-in-one, doing so on the eleventh hole. Wells will join Mark Allen in a nearest the pin shoot out to take place during the Tour Championship at the end of the season, together with any other players who manage to record a hole-in-one during the year, and the winner of the shoot out will drive away in a brand new Peugeot 206SW!

Mellor’s win earned him £10,000 and takes him to the top of the Order of Merit by just over twenty pounds, and so he will return to the European Tour at Marriott Forest of Arden in June to compete in the British Masters.

For full results, visit the Quinta da Ria event under the Tournaments section.

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