McGuirk Wins At Collingtree

McGuirk Wins At Collingtree

February 19th, 2008

ROBERT McGUIRK has won The PokerMillion.Com Championship at Collingtree Park, producing a four-under-par round of 68 on the final day to take the title.

The Kent golfer reaped the rewards for a consistent week at the Northampton course to win his first PGA EuroPro Tour event with scores of 69, 70 and 68.

Australian John Wade, who has won the previous two tournaments, hit a course record 64 for his third round to put the pressure on at -7.

Some superb play on the back nine from Graham Rankin also saw him come into contention, as he hit four successive birdies from the 13th to 16th holes.

Zane Scotland, who had shot 67 on day two, hoped to force a play-off before bogeying the last hole, leaving McGuirk to hold his nerve and seal the victory.

After himself hitting a bogey on the 17th, the 33-year-old managed to find the island green at the final hole to record a par and two-shot triumph.

“I’m delighted,” said the Princes golfer. “When I arrived on Tuesday, I liked the course straight away.

“My first two rounds were pretty steady, I didn’t make any mistakes really and today I was a bit all over the place during the first round.

“I knew if I got to ten-under I could win it and I got there at the 15th.

“I had a rock behind my ball on the 14th but it was made out of sand and I couldn’t move it. I hit it and got a bit lucky, and then went and hit my tee shot to within a foot on the 15th.

“When I last won at Princes in 2001 I three-putted and bogeyed the 17th and I did the same again this time!

“I’m having three weeks off now and will then play in the Doncaster Open.

“I want to win another one and get up the Order of Merit, but there are a lot of events left this season and you never know what will happen.”

Wade’s finish ensures that he remains on top of the Order of Merit and he also picked up a £1,000 bonus in the “PokerMillion.Com Go Low Challenge” for the lowest round of the week, while Scotland’s impressive display saw him jump up the standings.

Scotland admitted that playing with close friend and stable-mate Ben St John on the final day helped his challenge.

“It was good fun,” he said. “We’ve never played together in competition before, so it was a different experience.

“I was right in the mix, but playing with my mate and it was a wierd situation. I wasn’t quite as tense and it showed.”

 T1  Robert McGuirk (Princes)  -9  207  69,70,68
 T2  Zane Scotland (Woodcote Park)  -7  209  72,67,70
 John Wade (Australia)  -7  209  75,70,64
 T4  Jason Kelly (Wentworth)  -6  210  73,65,72
   Daniel Wardrop (ISM Ltd)  -6  210  71,68,71
   Graham Rankin (Drumpellier)  -6  210  69,71,70
 T7  Mark Smith (Erewash Valley/Matchroom)  -5  211  73,67,73
   Darren Poulter (Lamerwood)  -5  211  74,67,70


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