European golf event has extra-hole finish

Bradley Dredge examines the lie of his ball in a bunker on the 18th during the play-off. Picture by Gemma Marriner.
Bradley Dredge examines the lie of his ball in a bunker on the 18th during the play-off. Picture by Gemma Marriner.

The spectators at Longhirst Hall Golf Club on Friday enjoyed a dramatic end to the Dawson and Sanderson Travel Classic.

William Harrold won the event, beating Bradley Dredge in a play-off to win his second HotelPlanner.com PGA EuroPro Tour title of the season.

Dredge, a two-time winner on the European Tour, began the final round three behind Harrold (Sheringham Golf Club, Norfolk), but was four ahead of his playing partner by the time they reached the tee of the par-three 16th.

However, his lead had evaporated 200 yards later.

Harrold made birdie and Dredge made bogey and in the process of carding his four, Dredge had played off a temporary green marked GUR (ground under repair) for which he was penalised two strokes.

The Welshman learned of his error on the 17th fairway, but undeterred, he made birdie to reclaim his lead.

On the par-four 18th, he hit his tee shot into the trees, took relief and was on the green in three. Harrold, who was on the green a shot quicker, two-putted for par.

Dredge had some distance to make up with his first putt and although he came close, he had to accept a bogey. This left the pair tied on three under after Harrold signed for a final-round 76, four over par, and Dredge a one-over 73.

Neil Fenwick (Dunbar Golf Club, Scotland) ended just one behind on two under after carding a final-round 71.

In the play-off, Harrold made the 18th green in two and Dredge found a fairway bunker from the tee. He played out onto the fairway, but his approach bounced off the green.

His fourth shot landed close to the pin, however, Harrold had two putts to win and needed just one as he birdied the hole to win the £10,000 top prize, a brand new Motocaddy trolley and a Shotsaver range finder.

“I gritted it out today and did the best I could, suddenly a few things happened and there is a play-off,” said Harrold, whose win sees him move to the top of the Order of Merit.

“It is a battle of the mind sometimes. When you aren’t playing great, it is so easy to think you aren’t good enough. You have to fight those thoughts and keep taking it a shot at a time.

“The play-off was the same, one shot at a time. I hit a good drive and a similar approach as I had five minutes earlier and got a bit closer and was able to make the putt.”

A two-hour highlights package of the event will be aired on a Sky Sports channel on June 3, with repeats the following day.