Dan Seymour won the opening event of the 2012 888poker.com PGA EuroPro Tour after a dramatic play-off against Liam Burns in the Motocaddy Masters at Wensum Valley.
Seymour (Newbury Golf Centre) shot a final-round of 72 to tie for the lead with Burns (Sundridge Park) but could have avoided the play-off had he holed a short-distance putt on the 18th.
With the top two tied on one under Seymour and Burns headed to the 18th tee for a sudden-death play-off but when both hit five they had to jump in a buggy to play the hole again.
With the rain which had caused the tournament to be reduced to 36 holes earlier in the week making a return, Seymour birdied his second play-off attempt at the 18th after Burns had missed a tricky putt to match his competitorâ€™s score.
It was a gripping finale to the opening event of the Tour season and speaking after collecting his cheque, Seymour explained his belief that a good attitude in bad weather had contributed to his victory.
â€œWhen you play in bad weather it is more about your attitude than it is anything else,â€ he said. â€œEverybody who entered here can play the game to a high standard – that is why they are here.
â€œI donâ€™t mind playing in the bad weather because it is about how you deal with it when the rain does come down heavy. That said, I had a bad finish to my first round; I was five under with three to play when we had a rain delay. I went back out and ended one under for the round!â€
Seymour played the final round with the leading overnight group. But as they fell away from contention Seymour was able to remain focussed and claim his place in the play-off.
â€œThe two lads I was playing werenâ€™t doing as well as they would have hoped,â€ he explained. â€œSo as it happened I wasnâ€™t too worried about their score it was more about what the other groups were doing.
â€œThe leaderboard still showed there was people level par, people one under, and it wasnâ€™t the guys I was playing with. That was probably a good thing as I was able to focus more on my own game rather than what those in my group were doing. My coach said I need to focus on my own thing and if that is enough at the end then that is great; today it was.
â€œI started to think about winning it about 14th and it was on that hole that I made a bogey. I was two under at that point and thought if I made birdie I would be up there. I hit a good shot into the green on 15 and I saw I was one behind as we walked down and that was a good thing as I thought â€˜Iâ€™m not defending, Iâ€™ve got to go after that scoreâ€™.â€
Overnight leader Rika Batibasaga (Indoorpilly Golf Club) hit par on his first three but fell away after double bogeying the fourth. A birdie on the 18th couldnâ€™t make up for bogeys on the fifth, eighth, ninth and fourteenth and the Australian ended five over for the round, two over and tied eighth overall.
James Webber (Regiment Way Golf Centre) got off to a flyer and was tied for the lead for much of his round until he double bogeyed each of his last two holes leaving him one under for the day, two over for the tournament.