England (Midlands) Region
20 Jul 19
Matt Cort warmed up for the defence of his English PGA Championship title at Bowood Park, Wiltshire, next week by winning the Ladbrook Park Masters.
His preparation for this event, however, was in total contrast and involved not picking up a club for the best part of a week.
“I had a bit of a break with the family in the New Forest,” he explained.
“We did Peppa Pig World and then Legoland on the way back so I hadn’t touched a club for about six days. That’s a long time for me.”
Not that that was apparent in his display at the Warwickshire venue in what was the PGA Midlands second Order of Merit tournament of the season.
As well as earning the pro from Beedles Lake Golf Club the £700 winner’s cheque, the victory has enhanced his chances of winning the Order of Merit for a sixth time.
With just the PGA Midlands Professionals’ Championship to come, Cort lies third, 15 points behind James Brittain and five adrift of Andrew Willey, the leader after winning the first event.
Brittain usurped Willey in pole position as a result of a posting a four-under-par total of 138 for the 36-hole tournament and finishing tied second with with Cameron Clark (below) and Sam Dodds.
The trio trailed Cort by two shots, a margin that suggests a close contest. In reality, this was a comfortable victory for Cort.
He was two shots clear of Dodds on four-under at the halfway stage and, three ahead of the field when his approach found the green on the final hole, he could afford to three-putt for a bogey.
All of which was at odds with his appearance in this event 12 months ago when he had to settle for second place as a result of losing a play-off with Paul Bradshaw.
Reflecting on his victory, he said: “I didn’t have a great start. I was a couple over early on playing the back nine first.
“Then I played great midway on the front nine. That put me in a good position and when I eagled the ninth on the second round I was nine-under for the tournament.
“I got a bit defensive on a couple of shots which, looking back, I didn’t need to. But the trick is to get it done when you’ve got a lead.
“I played nicely down the last few holes and had a three-shot lead playing the last when I missed a five-footer. But it was really all over by then. So it was good to get it done, especially after losing in a play-off last year.”
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