Thornton hoping to peak for PGA Cup after Rosslare win

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Simon Thornton defied the brutal conditions to take the Rosslare Pro-Am by three shots after a six under 66.

The Tulfarris Golf Resort professional got the better of fellow PGA Cup member David Higgins as well as Damian Mooney and Richard O’Donovan who shot three under 69s and a lesson on Thursday paid dividends.

“It’s about time, I’ve been playing pretty poorly. So had a little check up on Thursday back in Newcastle and played OK yesterday in St Margaret’s and played better today,” said Thornton who birdied the 3rd, 6th, 7th, 8th, 12th and eagled 18 with his only dropped shot coming on 11.

“I wouldn’t say my game is where I want it to be just yet, but heading in the right direction.

“Six under was the worst I could have shot.”

Thornton had an afternoon tee time in the shotgun start and he began on the third hole, by the time he had reached the turn the deluge of relentless rain had given way to some watery sunshine.

“I think it emptied all morning for the boys this morning. We had the umbrella up for six or seven holes so it was more playable for us and then maybe a club wind while they were brutal in the morning. Good to get an afternoon tee time.”

The former European Tour winner has a big month ahead with the PGA Cup looming large and he hopes that he can peak by the time he makes his debut in the competition.

“Once you get a wee check up and make changes it takes time to bed in. I just needed to be told what I needed to do, they’re old faults that creep into my game so it’s just getting back to old feelings.

“The fact we have a few pro ams and the PGA Cup the week after hopefully i am peaking for the right time.”

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