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End of the road

25 May 18


After an impressive first round, Paul O’Hara cut an understandably disconsolate figure after a troublesome back nine led him to miss the cut in the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth.

The Scottish PGA Professional, who had begun his second negotiation of the West Course at the Surrey venue on one-under, was seemingly on course to make the cut when he reached the par-three 14th.

At that stage he was three-under for the tournament. Two holes and seven putts later his round was in ruins. 

“I misjudged the putt on the 14th,” he explained. “I thought it was more downhill than it was, left it six-feet short and missed from there.”

Worse, however, was to follow for the 2017 Titleist and FootJoy PGA Professional Championship winner on the par-four 15th.

“Then going up 15, my foot slipped on my second shot, the ball landed in a greenside bunker then I four-putted. Week over.

“I should have made the cut but you can’t afford to three-putt and four-putt – that’s amateur stuff. It’s my own fault.”

O’Hara did his utmost to repair the damage and was inches away from resurrecting his round with birdies at 16 and 17.

Then, going for broke on the 18th in the quest for an improbable eagle, his tee shot disappeared into an crop of rhododendrons and he signed off with a double bogey seven.

That resulted in him posting a four-over-par round of 76, three-over for the tournament and, two shots clear of Rob Coles on 147, becoming the leading PGA pro of the four who had qualified via the Play-Offs.

Coles, beginning on two-over, also recorded a treble bogey en route to a three-over-par round of 75 and final total of 149.

The two others members of the quartet, Richard Wallis and Gavin Hay, produced improved second rounds, posting scores of two and six-over respectively.

Meanwhile, Robert Rock and Ian Poulter, the two PGA pros who ply their trade on the European Tour, are on seven and three-under respectively.

That sees Rock sharing fifth place, five shots adrift of Rory McIlroy, the 2014 champion who is three shots clear of the field on 12-under.

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