Former European Tour player Liam Bond has won the Senior PGA Professional Championship after shooting rounds of 65 and 70 West Essex Golf Club.
With a total of seven under Bond, he finished with two strokes ahead of Barry Austin (Downes Crediton GC), with Richard O’Hanlon (St Kew) and Michael Watson (Wessex GC), who were a further setback in third place.
Despite the clear victory in the end, the result up to the last hole was in doubt. With a two-stroke lead after his excellent 65 series, Bond soon found himself two strokes in arrears after Watson started quickly on Friday’s final round, making the first three holes birdies, while Bond made a stroke on the first times dropped.
But three consecutive innings from the 11th and another on the par-4 17th derailed Watson’s hopes of a victory. Meanwhile, Austin and O’Hanlon kept the front pair within reach and ready to wreck their seemingly private battle. That is until O’Hanlon scored on 16 and 17 bogeys. By that time, Austin had tied with Bond at six under the permission of a two-shot swing on the par-three 15th.
However, the Devonshire man was two holes later on the wrong side of a two-shot swing because a wrong drive led to a thug and Bond, who took full advantage, had a 12-foot putt for ‘ stung a bird. Which was not necessary for the winner for a long time.
“It was a tough day and harder than I wanted it to be,” Bond said. He is an independent golf coach and inventor of the Tour rotation stick training assistance. ‘I lost the lead after three holes, but I stuck to what I did all week – to keep away from any problems – and hopefully the holes would fall at some point. Unfortunately, it took until 17 before one did. When that happened, there was a two-shot swing that really took me into a comfort zone. ‘
The comfort zone means a first safety approach to the 18th par-five, which has been negotiated by regulation, has resulted in a total of under 70 and seven under 135 for the tournament.
“Anything down here is pretty good because it’s a difficult course,” Bond added. “Two rounds under-par – I’m very happy with that.”
In addition to the first prize of £ 6,000, Bond – along with the other 14 best entrants in the tournament – qualified for the Staysure PGA Senior Championship at Formby later this month.
“My goal now is to get my category finished and dust off on the Legends Tour, so I have somewhere the next few years to play,” Bond said. “If I can keep some good weeks in the events, it will do for me. It’s great to add another tournament to my schedule for this year. ”
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