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Great weekend for two former Tour stars

Great weekend for two former Tour stars

June 21st, 2010

IT was a great weekend for two former PGA EuroPro Tour stars.

Jamie Elson finished tied second at the St Omer Open on the European Tour, while Matt Richardson made the cut at the US Open.

Elson led with one day to go after going round in level par, four-under and then three-under at the AA Saint Omer GC in northern France. However, his hopes ended on the last day as he ended two shots behind Austrian Martin Wiegele but still finished tied second to collect £36,000.

“I played well, I’m just gutted to have dropped four shots on the last seven holes,” admitted Elson. “I’m not going to lie – I was nervous, and that showed in my short putting. It’s difficult enough in the wind, but my nerves didn’t help.

“I haven’t been in this position for as while, and I think it showed. But to be in the position I was after 11 holes was pleasing, so I’ve got to be taking the positives from that. Hopefully next time I get in this position I’ll be able to finish it off.”

Elson, 29, was a regular on the PGA EuroPro Tour from 2007 to 2009, playing in 7 competitions in 2007, 12 in 2008 and eight last season. His best performance came at Bovey Castle in June 2009 where he finished tied third and he also came 31st in the 2008 Order of Merit having won more than £5,000.

Richardson, 25, was competing in his first ever US Open, which was this year staged at Pebble Beach in California.

He enjoyed a fantastic opening round on the tricky par-71 course as he went round in 73, one shot ahead of Tiger Woods and two ahead of Phil Mickelson.

A score of 75 on the second day saw him make the cut but he fell down the leaderboard with scores of 80 on day three and 78 in day four.

Richardson ended in tied 77th position and will have learnt a great deal from the experience as he also collected more than £9,000 in prize money.

Like Elson, Richardson got his grounding on the PGA EuroPro Tour and was a prominent figure on the tour in 2006 and 2008.

In 2006 he finished fifth in the Order of Merit list after winning at Stonebridge and finishing tied sixth at the Tour Championships in Batalha.

He did not enjoy the best of seasons in 2007 on the Challenge Tour but returned to form in 2008 by finishing 22nd on the EuroPro Tour’s year rankings with his best performance being a tied fourth.

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