Tom Whitehouse (Maxstoke Park) has won the Peugeot International at Marriott Hollins Hall after a third playoff hole. He picks up a cheque for £10,000 as a result which puts him on target for an invitation to the Daily Telegraph Damovo British Masters next month.
Whitehouse started the day as leader, and looked to be running away with the competition as he birdied his way to eight under. But with the wind increasing in the afternoon, he began to struggle and only an incredible perfect thirty foot putt on the last saved par and gained him a place in a playoff with a five under par total of 208.
Earlier, Jonathan Herbert (Hinckley) had recorded a fantastic final round score of 66 – the best of the day – to finish five under par and leader in the clubhouse. He was then faced with a long wait to see who would match him, and admitted, “I thought when I finished that I could be in with a chance, considering what the weather has been like”.
He was soon joined by Phil Worthington, who played a very strong round to record a 68 and also finish with a five under score of 208. He commented, “I was really pleased with my round but I didn’t expect it to go to a playoff so that was just a bonus”.
Alongside these players was American Brandon Kearney (PGA West), whose final round score of 71 was enough to keep him in the running, and so all four made their way back to the 18th.
Both Whitehouse and Kearney birdied the first playoff attempt at the 18th to dismiss Worthington and Herbert, but the pair could not be split until the third attempt, when Kearney’s tee shot found the sand and he conceded when Whitehouse made par.
Whitehouse said, “What a way to win it – I felt that this was just meant to be. Having led for so long I wanted to win it so badly and I’m over the moon that I have!”
He added, “This is my first professional win and I’m absolutely chuffed. I’ve come close a couple of times but to actually win one at last means so much to me – it’s been a perfect experience!”
This win brings Whitehouse to the top of the Order of Merit. Should he manage to stay there by the conclusion of the next event, he will be awarded with an invitation to the Daily Telegraph Damovo British Masters being held at Marriott Forest of Arden, directly opposite his home club of Maxstoke Park. This invitation would mean that Whitehouse could be playing alongside his cousin, European Tour player Sam Walker, at Sam’s home club!
For full results, visit the Peugeot International under the Tournaments section.