Brendan McCarroll was forced to play the bridesmaid once more as he fell one shot shy of the winning total and a maiden Europro title at the Pentahotels Championship at Caversham Heath Golf Club, Oxfordshire.
The West Cliff’s professional started the day just just one shot off the pace set by England’s Jordan Wrisdale and that’s where he remained with the Englishman carrying out a remarkable birdie-birdie finish to capture his own maiden ‘W’ in style.
McCarroll made the worst possible start to his final round with a bogey on the first but bounced back immediately to right the ship with a birdie at the par-4 second. He dropped another shot at the gettable par-5 sixth and parred to the turn from there for a disappointing 38 hits.
To his enormous credit he hung in there knowing the golf tournament was still to be won and picked up birdies at both par-3s, the 13th and 17th to come home in 34 with his 12-under total falling agonisingly short of the bar.
McCarroll has been in fine form this term, crediting a change of coach for his upturn in fortunes on the fairways and despite this being his fourth runner-up finish on the tour, he should take massive confidence into the rest of the season feeling that a win is a matter of if.
While the only other Irishman to make the final round cut, Stuart Grehan, returned a one-under-par 72 for a six-under total and a share of 21st spot.
It was all about Jordan Wrisdale though and his birdie-birdie finish that clinched his first EuroPro Tour title by a shot in Oxfordshire.
Wrisdale (Boston) started the day a shot clear on 12-under par and struggled to find momentum on the front nine, picking up just one birdie and two bogeys to form a pack of golfers including James Frazer (Pennard Golf Club) and McCarroll.
Frazer was the man in form on the final round picking up two eagles and six birdies en route to his 68 (-5) round, but a long approach shot into the final hole proved to be one bogey too many as Wrisdale emerged from the pack with a birdie-birdie finish.
His second shot to five feet on the 18thwas a worthy winner for the Boston golfer, who now joins fellow Bostonians Dave Coupland and Billy Spooner as a champion this season.
Reflecting on his maiden win he said: “It feels unbelievable, it’s all that I’ve worked over the last few years and to finally pull it off feels amazing. It was frustrating for me at times out there today but I just remained patient, I hit a lot of good shots and wasn’t rewarded.
“It hasn’t quite yet sunk in but to finish in style with a birdie-birdie finish of a golf course like this is great. I didn’t initially know that I had won though, I thought it was going to take me in a play-off against James Frazer!”
The win sees Wrisdale catapult 29 places up to 5thin the Race To Desert Springs, and also the Challenge Tour spots, knocking fellow Boston golfer Billy Spooner out of the top five.
As well as receiving £10,000, Wrisdale also received a Motocaddy S1 Electric Trolley, with features including a soft-touch ergonomic handle; low profile, quick-release wheels, a streamlined battery tray and super-fast QUIKFOLD assembly mechanism.
The PGA EuroPro Tour continues at Foxhills Holf Club & Resort with the IFX and Winged Boots Championship 1st– 3rdAugust.
Highlights of the Pentahotels Championship will air on Sky Sports Golf on Tuesday, 7th August with McCarroll sure to feature. Onwards and upwards Brendan.
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