Richard Wallis may have won the Titleist PGA Play-offs by four strokes last night but there was play-off drama for a Tartan Tour trio in Turkey as the weather-shortened event drew to a tense conclusion at the Antalya resort, writes Nick Rodger.
Scott Henderson, Greig Hutcheon and Gareth Wright finished in a share of third place with three-under-par aggregates of 210 and had to fight it out in a sudden-death shoot-out for the one remaining place in next year's Great Britain & Ireland PGA Cup team. In the end, it was Henderson, the former European Tour Rookie of the Year, who took the prize when he knocked his approach on the first play-off hole to four feet and rolled in the birdie putt.
Hutcheon, the Tartan Tour's order of merit winner this year, had a coveted spot in the club professionals' equivalent of the Ryder Cup in his grasp until he hit his tee-shot at the 18th into the water and racked up a double-bogey on his way to a closing one-over 72. That dropped him back to a three-under tally with Wright and Henderson, who bolstered his bid with a best-of-the-day 67.
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By claiming top-10 finishes yesterday, the domestic trio all earned invitations to the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth next May, but Henderson can pencil another significant date into his diary. "It's an honour to make the team; I wasn't expecting it," said the Aberdonian, who will line up in his fellow Scot Russell Weir's side for the biennial match with the USA at Slaley Hall.