Dodd needs play-off to clinch tour title

Thetford's Lawrence Dodd birdied the third hole of a sudden death play-off to capture his second tour victory at the Pro 66 Tour Final at Walton Heath Golf Club.

Dodd forced the play-off with a seven-under-par round of 65. He started play in heavy rain and carded a steady front nine of one-under.

A change in weather brought sunshine and birdies to Dodd's back nine. Three birdies saw him move to four-under as he stood on the 16th tee. Lloyd Campbell was in the clubhouse with a 65 and Dodd proceeded to birdie the last three holes, sinking a swinging 12 foot putt on 18 to force a play-off.

As darkness approached Dodd hit the 18th fairway and made par on the first two play-off holes matching Campbell. The last minutes of light saw Dodd's approach finish six feet from the hole and when Campbell could only make par Dodd holed out for the win.

Dodd said: 'I am delighted to win my second title this year. After a near miss in a play-off at the Europro Tour final a few weeks ago I was determined to win this one in front of the Sky Sports cameras. I am confident with my game heading into European Tour school.'


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His next outing will be at Costa Ballena Ocean Club in the European Tour Q School Stage II during November.

Dodd has played golf since he was eight and his first international break came when he was asked to represent England in the Dutch U21 Championship where he finished eighth. He won the Greek Amateur Championship by 10 shots and more selections followed, including caps in the European Youths Championship, the winning Home Internationals Team and membership of the England Elite Squad.

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He turned professional in 2006 and after a good showing in the 2007 European Tour school earned the right to play the European Challenge Tour and some European events in 2008. He won his first professional title in 2010 – The Open de Mogador.

He plans to host a golf day at Thetford next May. See his website www.lawrencedodd.co.uk for details.

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