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Willey storms to victory in Bristol

Willey storms to victory in Bristol

July 28th, 2011

Andrew Willey has stormed to victory in the latest event in the PGA EuroPro Tour season.

Willey, who turned 36 on Monday, finished three shots ahead of three golfers at the end of the World Snooker Association Golf Championship at Players Club in Bristol.

He ended on -11 for the tournament after scores of 67 (-3) on Tuesday, 65 (-5) on Wednesday and 67 (-3) on the final day to scoop the £10,000 top prize.

Willey (Notts Golf Club) has had great experience on playing on the EuroPro Tour and finished second in the Order of Merit in 2007 after a campaign that included a victory at the end-of-season Tour Championship event.

He has been playing on the Challenge Tour ever since but returned to EuroPro Tour action this week after struggling in this year’s Challenge Tour, where he has only finished in a money position at one event since April.

James Busby (The Shropshire), Tim Dykes (Penrith) and Jamie Abbott (Fynn Valley, Suffolk) all finished in tied second on eight-under. Busby started the final round in great style with five birdies in the opening six holes to give himself an outside chance of victory, although he could not keep this momentum going.

Abbott, a winner earlier in the season at Wensum Valley, has inched himself closer to next season’s Challenge Tour. He now lies third in the Order of Merit where the top five at the end of the season will advance to the higher level on the Challenge Tour and one step away from playing alongside Europe’s elite on the main tour.

Order of Merit leader Chris Hanson (Woodsome Hall, Huddersfield) continued his fantastic season as he was one of three players in tied fifth. Alex Belt (The De Vere Club), who began the final day at the top of the leaderboard, was also in tied fifth after a round of two-over (72) cost him a chance of victory.

The Tour moves on to Formby Hall in Merseyside next Wednesday with the ninth event of the season.

All the action from the Players Club has been filmed and Matchroom Sport will produce a two-hour highlights programme which will be broadcast on Sky Sports on Wednesday, August 10

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