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Matthew Evans wins for second time this season

Matthew Evans wins for second time this season

August 19th, 2010

MATTHEW Evans will be playing on the Challenge Tour next season after he won his second PGA EuroPro Tour event of the year.

Evans, 23, clinched the Skycaddie European Championships at the Hever Castle Golf Club in Kent when he finished a shot ahead of Justin Evans.

The pair, who are not related, battled it out for the title in a thrilling last day where at one stage only two shots separated the top 14 men.

The money appeared to be heading to Justin Evans (Wentworth Club) when he putted in from 20 yards to claim an eagle at the tenth and move one shot ahead.

However, things started going wrong for him when he three-putted at the 15th for a bogey and then dropped another shot on the 16th.

Matthew Evans (Rotherham GC) had started the tournament badly as he was five shots off the lead on the opening day but a round of 67 on Wednesday saw him begin the last day two shots behind.

Two dropped shots in the opening five holes seemed to have ended his chances before he produced a stunning recovery.

He birdied the ninth, claimed an eagle at the par-five tenth and then made further birdies at the 11th, 13th and 17th to take the title.

This follows his victory at the Players Club in Bristol and lifts him up to second in the Order of Merit. He is now guaranteed a place in the top six of the money list at the end of the campaign and can look forward to competing on the Challenge Tour next season.

Zane Scotland was aiming to become the first golfer in more than five years to win back-to-back events on the Tour after winning last week at De Vere Wychwood Park in Crewe.

Scotland was hoping to be the first man to triumph in successive events since England’s Simon Robinson won at The Swallow in Suffolk and then a week later at Morley Hayes in Derbyshire back in July 2005.

But it was not to be Scotland’s day, although he pocketed £2,500 as he finished in third place two shots behind Matthew Evans.

Matt Allen came fourth, James Freeman (Worksop GC) and Andrew Johnston (North Middlesex) were tied fifth, with Brendan McCarroll, Daniel Wardrop and Graeme Clark (Doncaster GC) all tied seventh.

Gary Wolstenholme, who turns 50 on Saturday, had been in the top 15 on the opening day but scores of 76 and 75 on Wednesday and Thursday respectively left him in tied 51st.

To see the full results, please go to the official website www.europrotour.com and click on ‘Score Updates’ on the right-hand side.

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