Curry Takes Title After Play-Off

PAUL CURRY has won The Stoke by Nayland International Open, seeing off the challenge of Colin Mitchell and Inder Van Weerelt in a play-off.

Curry was among the leaders throughout the tournament, and he ended the third and final round – delayed to allow the remaining second round matches to finish on Thursday morning – tied at -7.

He then produced a superb six-iron shot at the first extra hole to give himself a ten-foot birdie putt and the title after both Mitchell and Van Weerelt could only hold par.

“It’s a great end to an enjoyable week,” said Curry, the former PGA and European Tour star who is based in both Florida and East Anglia.

“I’m pleased with how I played and I had my son Owen caddying for me, which made it even more special.

“He kept encouraging me all the way round, and when I was coming down the 18th he was telling me ‘You can win this Dad’.”

Mitchell shot a 69 on the final day, finishing with two birdies in the last three holes to join Curry at -7, while Van Weerelt – who led by a shot going into the third round – shot 73.

Four players were tied for fourth place, with Daniel Gaunt’s 66 on the final day seeing him join Graeme Clark, Andrew Willey and David James at -6.

Gaunt’s score was also a course record at Stoke by Nayland, with a Championship Tee being used for the first time at the 16th hole, extending it from 545 yards to 637.

Local star Russell Claydon was among five players two shots further back at -4.

The Stoke by Nayland International Open – final round leaderboard

 1  Paul Curry (Braintree)  -7  209  70,67,72
 2=  Colin Mitchell (Scotland)  -7  209  73,67,69
   Inder Van Weerelt (Netherlands)  -7  209  72,64,73
 4=  Daniel Gaunt (Wildwood GC)  -6  210  69,75,66
   Graeme Clark (Special Steel Group/Doncaster)  -6  210  73,68,69
   Andrew Willey (Ramsdale Park/Tiny Dog Records)  -6  210  73,68,69
   David James (Bridgnorth GC)  -6  210  71,68,71

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