Former European Tour participant Liam Bond gained the Senior PGA Skilled Championship after taking pictures rounds of 65 and 70 at West Essex Golf Club.
Bond’s seven-under-par whole noticed him end two photographs forward of Barry Austin (Downes Crediton GC), with Richard O’Hanlon (St Kew) and Michael Watson (Wessex GC) an extra shot again in tied third.
Regardless of the clear margin of victory in the long run, the end result was unsure up till the ultimate gap. Holding a two-shot lead after his very good opening 65, Bond quickly discovered himself two photographs in arrears after Watson acquired off to a quick begin on Friday’s ultimate spherical, making birdies on the first three holes, whereas Bond dropped a shot on the first.
However three bogeys in a row from the eleventh and one other on the par-4 seventeenth derailed Watson’s hopes of victory. In the meantime, Austin and O’Hanlon had been protecting the main pair inside vary and able to gate crash their seemingly non-public battle. That’s till O’Hanlon recorded bogeys at 16 and 17, by which era Austin had drawn degree with Bond on six-under courtesy of a two-shot swing on the par-three fifteenth.
Nevertheless, the Devonshire man was on the flawed finish of a two-shot swing two holes later as a miscued drive resulted in a bogey and Bond, taking full benefit, holed a 12-foot putt for a birdie. Which, for the winner, was lengthy overdue.
“It was a tricky day and more durable than I needed it to be,” mentioned Bond, who’s a self-employed golf coach and inventor of the Tour Rotation Stick coaching help. “I misplaced the lead after three holes, however I caught at what I’d been doing all week – which was to maintain away from any hassle – and hopefully the putts would drop sooner or later. Sadly for me it took till 17 earlier than one did. When it did, there was a two-shot swing and that took me right into a consolation zone actually.”
That consolation zone meant a safety-first method to the par-five 18th that, negotiated in regulation, resulted in a one-under-par 70 and seven-under whole of 135 for the event.
“Something underneath par spherical right here is fairly good, as a result of it’s a tricky little course,” Bond added. “Two rounds under-par – I’m fairly pleased with that.”
Along with the £6,000 first prize, Bond – together with the opposite high 14 finishers within the event – certified for the Staysure PGA Seniors Championship at Formby later this month.
“My aim now could be to get my class completed and dusted on the Legends Tour, so I’ve acquired someplace to play for the following few years,” mentioned Bond. “If I can have a few good weeks in these occasions that can do this for me. It’s nice so as to add one other event to my schedule for this yr.”
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