Wade’s Delight At Players Club Victory

JOHN WADE admitted that he was delighted to scoop a second successive PGA EuroPro Tour win on Friday, when he secured The Uplands Classic following a play-off.

The Australian travelled to Bristol after winning The Kronenbourg Classic the previous week, having also secured a third-placed finish on the Challenge Tour in Wales earlier in May.

After overcoming Daniel Gaunt in Scotland, Wade had differing luck in Bristol, seeing a three-shot lead slip away as he finished on -2.

That meant he entered a play-off with James Hepworth and Daniel Greenwood – who had shot a 66 on the final day to end on -2.

Hepworth was eliminated at the first extra hole, and it was Wade who held his nerve as they returned up the 18th to claim the title.

“It was totally different circumstances to a week earlier,” said Wade. “I really had to knuckle down on Friday.

“I had the ‘flu and it kicked in over the final two days, but that’s no excuse – I knew it was going to be a battle. The weather was bad and it was tough for everyone.

“Nobody really made a charge except for Daniel, so I knew that I had to just hold my ground.

“I’m not all that happy with how I played, but I managed to force a play-off and get another crack at it.

“Daniel had been sitting around for a long time after his great round, but for us it was straight back, so I felt pretty confident.

“I knew that I could birdie the 18th it if I got my tee shot in the right place.

“I had a good iron off the tee the second time, played a nine iron into the green and managed to hole the putt – I’m delighted.”

Wade will hope to make it a hat-trick this week as the PGA EuroPro Tour visits Collingtree Park in Northampton for The PokerMillion.Com Championship.


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