Daniel Brooks has been cut from 33/1 to 13/2 to top the 2009 PGA EuroPro Tour Order of Merit after his fine victory at the Sureshot GPS International Open at Bovey Castle last week.
Brooks (Mill Hill) finished two shots clear at eight under par to pick up the £10,000 winner’s cheque and moved into second spot in the money list as a result. He is right on the tail of leader Steve Surry (Cumberwell Park), who is 4/1 to fight off all challengers and finish top of the pile.
Scotsmen Jack Doherty (North Gailes) and Elliot Saltman (Aegon) occupy fourth and fifth spot are both 10/1 to prevail along with Paul Dwyer, Scott Jamieson is 14/1 and Simon Lilly is a 16/1 shot.
Stoke by Nayland is the next event on the Tour, beginning next week and last year’s winner Nicky Harris (Whitefield GC – pictured) is 20/1 in the Order of Merit market, with Chris Hanson (Crosland Heath) 25/1 – [url=http://www.skybet.com/skybet?action=GoEvClass&id=34&aff=4527&EPT_Website]to bet on the Order of Merit, click here.[/url]
The Tour returns to the Suffolk venue for the seventh year in a row for the fifth event on this year’s calendar. Danny Nickless, operations manager of the Tour said: “Stoke by Nayland is an integral part of the PGA EuroPro Tour – from hosting pre-qualifying to setting the players a stern test next week in the fifth event of the year. The opening events of the summer have been played to a fine standard and I know the winner will have to play very well to get the better of the Gainsborough course.”
With a solid start to the summer on the Challenge Tour, Jamie Moul plays his home course while Chris Rodgers currently sits in the top 30 on the Asian Tour. Chris Gaunt – brother of Tour regular Daniel – is in 20th spot on the Australian Tour and also takes part at Stoke by Nayland.
“We are really pleased to be hosting the PGA EuroPro Tour again. The course is looking fantastic – our green staff as usual have done a brilliant job, and we are looking forward to another few days of exciting golf here at Stoke by Nayland. Everyone is welcome to come along and watch these excellent young players – which will include our prodigy Moul – as well as the Pro-Am event on Sunday which will feature a few well-known sporting personalities.”Brooks will be further buoyed after topping regional qualifying for The Open Championship at Old Ford Manor with a round of 67. Brooks will be joined by a number of EuroPro Tour players at the final local qualifying event on July 6-7 at three courses in Scotland, with Tom Haylock and Elliot Saltman among those to make it through.