John Ross Galbraith proved to be the big mover on the final day at the HotelPlanner.com PGA EuroPro Tour PDC Golf Championship.
The Whitehead professional fired a seven-under-par 66 to leap into a share of 8th spot on 13-under at the close of play at Studley Wood Golf Club, Oxfordshire.
Galbraith joined West Cliff’s Brendan McCarroll who signed for a three-under-par 70, probably about par on a day of outrageous scoring in balmy England.
The pair finished nine shots adrift of runaway winner, Scott Fallon but each picked up a cheque worth £1,000 for their efforts in a productive week across the water.
Team Ireland’s Brian Casey, who was alongside McCarroll in a share of 4thstarting out, returned a two-under-par 71 after his 65 yesterday to drop into a share of 13th on 12-under-par for the tournament.
The cut mark ahead of the today’s final round fell at five-under par or better; setting a record for the lowest cut ever made at a PGA EuroPro Tour event, but unfortunately that was one shot too many for a number of Ireland’s hopefuls.
Royal Dublin’s Niall Kearney, Mount Juliet’s Luke Donnelly, Moyola Park’s Chris Selfridge, Woodcote Park’s Peter Williamson, North West’s Brian McElhinney, Waterford’s Kevin Phelan, Limerick’s Tim Rice and Royal County Down’s Reeve Whitson all fell short of the magic number.
Scott Fallon led from pillar to post with rounds of 66, 64, and 67 to win by six shots in a record breaking performance.
Fallon (North Middlesex) broke the record for the lowest winning score in HotelPlanner.com PGA EuroPro Tour history with a staggering final score of 22-under par, the previous being 20-under par which was shot at Luton Hoo Hotel, Golf & Spa in 2017.
Once the 28-year old picked up his first birdie of the day on the fifth hole, he never looked like slowing down, picking up a further three on the front nine alone. Three birdies and just one bogey on the back nine was all but enough to seal the title for Fallon, who collected a £10,000 winner’s cheque for his efforts.
More than money though, it was a maiden ‘W’ on the EuroPro, one which Fallon has had to wait seven years for since he first made his debut on the tour. “It feels amazing, to win an event which is close to home with all my friends and family watching was very special”: said Fallon.
He added: “It feels surreal to have broken that record with my win, but it still feels great though.”