Evans claims maiden EuroPro Tour victory

Evans claims maiden EuroPro Tour victory

July 16th, 2010

MATTHEW Evans has claimed his first ever PGA EuroPro Tour victory after edging out Martin Sell in a dramatic play-off.

Evans, 23, triumphed in the second play-off hole at the Players Club in Bristol after the two players, the only two to have broken par, both finished on one-under.

“This is only my second year as a professional but it’s the highlight of my career so far,” said Evans, who is a member of the Rotherham Golf Club.

“It has given me bags and bags of confidence after the way I’ve played and I now just have to keep progressing.

“My game in the last six months has felt good but I just holed a few putts when it mattered.

“The weather has been unbelievable in the last three days and the wind has been so strong.

“It has been mentally more difficult than physically as if you took a bogey or a bad score then you could’ve let it get to you but you just had to stay positive.

“To finish in the top five of the Order of Merit and get on to the Challenge Tour is the main target and this could be a great stepping stone towards that.”

The event, which was in association with World Snooker, saw tough conditions on each day with the action being delayed for nearly an hour and a half on Thursday.

Order of Merit leader Daniel Gaunt has continued his march towards the Challenge Tour by coming tied third, along with Welshman Kyron Sullivan.

Three players – Lloyd Saltman (Aegon), Mark Ramsdale (Formby Golf Club) and Ryan Thomas (Aberdare) – finished in tied fifth four shots off of the lead.
Craig Lee was second in the Order of Merit before this event and it looked like he would not make the cut after being seven-over after two days play.

But he eventually scraped into the last day and came up with his best round of the tournament, two-over, to end inside the top 30.

James Heath shared the lead at the end of the opening day by going round three under but any hopes of him winning the tournament ended on Thursday with a shocking round of 81, 11-over.

But he performed better on Friday as his score of four-over left him on 12-over for the competition and in tied 40th position.

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