Seymour captures EuroPro title at Wensum Valley
Dan Seymour won the opening event of the 2012 888poker.com PGA EuroPro Tour after a dramatic play-off against Liam Burns in the Motocaddy Masters at Wensum Valley on Friday.
Seymour (Newbury Golf Centre) shot a final-round of 72 to tie for the lead with Burns (Sundridge Park) but could have avoided the play-off had he holed a short-distance putt on the 18th.
With the top two tied on one under Seymour and Burns headed to the 18th tee for a sudden-death play-off but when both hit five they had to jump in a buggy to play the hole again. With the rain which had caused the tournament to be reduced to 36 holes earlier in the week making a return, Seymour birdied his second play-off attempt at the 18th after Burns had missed a tricky putt to match his competitor's score.
It was a gripping finale to the opening event of the Tour season and speaking after collecting his cheque, Seymour, winning his first PGA EuroPro Tour event, explained his belief that a good attitude in bad weather had contributed to his victory.
'When you play in bad weather it is more about your attitude than it is anything else,' he said. 'Everybody who entered here can play the game to a high standard - that is why they are here. I don't mind playing in the bad weather because it is about how you deal with it when the rain does come down heavy. '
Overnight leader Rika Batibasaga from Australia fell away after double bogeying the fourth. A birdie on the 18th couldn't make up for bogeys on the fifth, eighth, ninth and 14th and he ended five over for the round, two over and tied eighth overall.
Scot Chris Kelly and England's Will Roebuck finished in a tie for third place on level par after second rounds of 70 and 73 respectively.
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Gorleston's Alex Holmes led the local challenge after adding a solid level par 72 to his opening 75 to finish in a tie for 14th. Sheringham's William Harrold was unable to build on an opening 72 which had left him tied sixth. He posted a six over par 78 yesterday to finish in a tie for 38th, still a respectable showing on his debut.