An Englishman in contention again in South Africa

In the European tour this week, Matt Ford went into the last day two shots behind the leader, leading the way for the British players at East London GC, South Africa.

Ford makes it three Englishmen in three weeks to be in the last group on the last day.

He could not have expected what happened on the last day thought, with South African Trevor Fisher Jnr hitting at round of eight-under-par under pressure from the rest of the field, which hosted a whole number of Brits this week.

The Swindon born golfer, finished in second place, five shots back of Fisher Jnr, shooting five-under on the last day. The title perhaps got away from Ford after he missed a four foot putt on the ninth hole, making a bogey when the South African made a birdie resulting in a three shot difference between the two of them.

He held a one shot lead going into the weekend, shooting a flawless opening round of five-under and then a round of six-under on the second day courtesy of six birdies and an eagle.

The 36-year-old was close to working for Royal Mail over the winter as he struggled to gain his card for this season, but with this career-best finish will hopefully keep his European tour card for next season.

Last week’s winner Andy Sullivan failed to make it through to the weekend, shooting five-over for the first two days, struggling to find his form from last week. David Howell finished seven-under-par, having secured his place to The Open last week.

Fellow countryman John Parry was the next best-placed Brit, tied sixth, five shots behind Ford.

The Brits didn’t grasp at the chance to gain on the likes of Danny Willett in the Race to Dubai, whilst the ‘big boys’ played in the first World Golf Championship of the year in Miami.

Meanwhile, a single British player, faced the rest of the field in the Puerto Rico Open on the PGA Tour this week. Greg Owen finished tied 38th, on one-under-par after a round of one-over on the final day.

The European tour returns next week in South Africa, at the Tshwane Open, ending the South African stint of the tour for the time being. Brit Ross Fisher will be looking to defend his title, and move up the Race to Dubai standings in the process, after winning this event last season.

Hopefully next week the PGA our will host more British players next week than just the one as it did this week, as it returns to Florida in the Valspar Championship.


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