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Stewart wins Sweetspot Masters

Stewart wins Sweetspot Masters

September 14th, 2012

Duncan Stewart secured his 2013 Challenge Tour card with a second successive 888poker.com PGA EuroPro Tour victory, winning the Sweetspot Masters with a 54-hole score of 17 under par.

The Scotsman won by eight strokes to second placed Billy Fowles (Wentworth) and Dale Whitnell (Five Lakes) at Hunley Hotel and Golf Club after signing for a final-round 69 (four under par) after a testing day on the windy North Yorkshire coast.

The Scotsman got off to a perfect start with a birdie three at the first and gained another shot at the fifth. A bogey at six was only a brief setback, with a birdie at eight making amends. Back-to-back birdies at 12 and 13 improved his score further. A bogey at 14 never looked like costing him and he added a final birdie at the 16th.

Upon sinking his final putt Stewart’s ‘Team Scotland’ teammates drenched their compatriot in champagne to celebrate his success. His second consecutive £10,000 winner’s cheque assures Stewart a top five finish on this season’s Order of Merit and with it a place on the 2013 Challenge Tour, one tier below the European Tour.

“To get the Challenge Tour card is massive,” he said afterwards. “It is what you are working towards all season so to be one of the five who achieve it is superb.

“My putting was outstanding this week. I got some momentum going on the first but there was a lot of scrambling out there because of the winds.

“I would rather play in flat, calm and sunny conditions every day but you cannot help the weather and it becomes about how you go around the course and deal with the conditions.”

Fowles made two eagles during an impressive final round 68 (five under par). He made seven birdies, four pars and two doubles as well as twos at the par-four first and 13th.

Whitnell made three rounds of 70, three under par, to finish nine under for the week. He completed an unblemished final 18 with birdies at three, 12 and 15.

Will Roebuck (Shirley Parsons Associates) finished fourth, seven under par for the week. Paul Maddy (Gog Magog) and James Maw finished the week six under par, tied for fifth.

The top 60 in the current Order of Merit will be invited to Tour Championships, which take place at Woburn Golf Club in November.

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