Marshall earns biggest pay day
PUBLISHED: 18:14 26 June 2006 | UPDATED: 11:06 22 October 2010
Norfolk's Andrew Marshall admitted mixed emotions last night after missing his first European Tour success by a single stroke. The Dereham professional equalled his best previous tour result by finishing joint second behind Paul Casey in the Johnnie Walker Championship at Gleneagles.
Norfolk's Andrew Marshall admitted mixed emotions last night after missing his first European Tour success by a single stroke.
The Dereham professional equalled his best previous tour result by finishing joint second behind Paul Casey in the Johnnie Walker Championship at Gleneagles.
His reward for sharing the runners-up spot was a cheque for £121,595 - four times his previous biggest.
But that was only partial compensation for the 32-year-old, who needed to birdie the last two par fives to claim the £233,330 winner's cheque - but had to settle for a pair of pars.
“I'm disappointed by that, but delighted,” said the man whose last top-ten finish was two years ago.
“It is a great week for me, I've had a tough year but I just played lovely today and lovely all week and I hardly put a foot wrong.
“I'm a little bit disappointed not to make a birdie at the last because I saw a birdie would tie but for me, the first time in amongst a big crowd, I thought it was pretty good really.”
Marshall's big cheque is a just reward for four successive under-par rounds - Thursday's 72 being followed by a brilliant 67 on Friday and successive 69s over the weekend.
His stunning performance moves him up to 53rd in the European Order of Merit and virtually assures him retaining his card for next season.
Denmark's Soren Hansen was the other man just one stroke behind Casey, who also had to hold off a challege from Colin Montgomerie.
Casey survived what he called a “nerve-wracking” closing stretch after it looked as though he might lose a four-stroke lead.
In the end his one-under-par 72 proved just good enough to deny Marshall and Hansen, who shot 69 and 70 respectively.
Montgomerie, who lost the US Open after double-bogeying the final hole, was also only one behind with two to play but this time bogeyed the short 17th and, by failing to birdie the 533-yard 18th, had to settle for a share of fourth spot with another Dane, Thomas Bjorn.
Casey's victory lifts him to fifth place in the Ryder Cup race and closes the gap on David Howell at the top of the Order of Merit. But his joy was mixed with relief as he collected the trophy.
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