Stiggy Hodgson wins Championship

Stiggy Hodgson

Stiggy Hodgson won his first PGA EuroPro Tour title with a play-off victory over Elliot Saltman and Luke Joy after carding a final-round 63 (-8) to finish the tournament 13 under par.

The former Walker Cup man began the day six shots behind leader Joy (Broadstone Golf Club) but carded eight birdies in an unblemished final round to tie with Joy and Scotsman Saltman (Archerfield Links Golf Club).

Joy had led by two after 36 holes but a mixed final 18 saw him card a 69 for two under, while Saltman was six under for the day to reach thirteen under for the tournament.

The play-off took place on the 18th. Saltman found the trees lining the right side of the fairway and was forced to play back out to the fairway and took five strokes to finish the par-four hole. Joy’s tee shot landed left of the fairway and he was unlucky when a fine approach bounced off the green, leaving him two putts for par.

Hodgson (The Wisley Golf Club), however, took driver from the tee and cracked it straight down the middle. His wedge shot in landed just two foot from the pin and when he tapped it home for victory was clearly delighted to have held his nerve.

“I have worked so hard and been through a lot,” said Hodgson, who wins the £10,000 top prize as well as a brand new Motocaddy trolley and Shotsaver range finder. “It makes you want it that little bit more and when it pays off like that it means the world to you.

Luke Jackson took fourth on twelve under, just one stroke short of joining the play-off while Scotland’s Paul Shields was one further back on 11 under. Both had carded six-under 65s for their final round.

The final round was filmed for a two-hour highlights programme to be aired on Sky Sports HD on Tuesday, July 1 with repeats the following day. The PGA EuroPro Tour continues next week with the Buildbase Open at Frilford Heath Golf Club in Abingdon, Oxfordshire.

Motocaddy has been selected as the ‘Official Electric Trolley’ of the PGA EuroPro Tour for a ninth consecutive year. The PGA Europro Tour is the leading developmental tour in Europe with the top five players from the Order of Merit receiving exemptions onto the 2015 European Challenge Tour.