Bradley Moore has won The HotelPlanner.com Championship at Frilford Heath Golf Club by two shots for his first-ever professional win.
Moore (Kedleston Park Golf Club) posted rounds of 65, 69 and 67 to see off strong competition from playing partner Nicholas Poppleton and Ryan Harmer. It was a good week for Moore who was leading overnight before the completion of round two. Bettering his second-place finish after a playoff against Sean Towndrow at Caversham Heath Golf Club.
“I’m over the moon.” – Bradley Moore
Overstruck with emotion: “I thought it was going to be a grind. Me and Nick (Poppleton) had a two and three-shot lead most of the round so it was just one of them where if I kept doing what I was doing all week, I was in a good position to do that more easier than Nick possibly. I almost snuck in the backdoor really in the last six holes there.”
“I’ve been playing well for a while now. I lost in a playoff but I wasn’t too disappointed about that. I knew that if I put myself in the position again to get it over the line. It’s my first professional win.”
He paid tribute to his caddy: “Tom’s had most of the week off work. He only thought he was coming down for one day. I think he’s had the same pair of boxers for three days. It’s been a top effort for him.”
“His dad had a stroke at the start of the year and he’s always been a big supporter of mine. It happened in March and he’s come through it. He’s doing §really well but like I say it’d be great to have him here. We’ll go home and I think the trophy will stay with him tonight.”
Ryan Harmer (Brokenhurst Manor Golf Club) came up strong to finish second with rounds of 68, 68 and 67 for his best finish on the Tour including four birdies and an eagle.
Poppleton (Wath Golf Club) faded away after holding a two-shot lead at one point with a few blotches on the back nine to open the door for Moore. He finished third.
Ben Ferguson (The Vines) and James Frazer (Machynys Peninsula) tied for fourth on ten under. Both Frazer and Ferguson had five birdies and an eagle to their name.
On a day which started with the completion of the second round due to bad weather and light yesterday, Poppleton completed his second score of the week on 67 (-5) to lead going into the final day of play. Daniel Jennevret started the third round towards the front after a good early morning finish.
The cut sat at one-under with fifty-four players teeing off on a shotgun start at 11:45 this morning to ensure a full final round in the best conditions possible and it paid off with a scorching final day.
Olly Huggins (a) (Frilford Heath Golf Club) finished seventh for an impressive week whilst fellow Frilford Heath golfer Robert Harrhy was tied for eighth with Liam Murray (The LM Golf & UGolf).
Highlights of The HotelPlanner.com Championship will air on Sky Sports Golf on 27, August 2019 at 20:00.
Next up the tour heads to Macdonald Hill Valley Hotel, Golf & Spa (21-23, August 2019) for the completion of the Macdonald Series.