Hendriksen claims second PGA Professional Championship title at Sherwood Forest

Hendriksen claims second PGA Professional Championship title at Sherwood Forest


Paul Hendriksen (Ivybridge Golf Club) shrugged off the advances of defending champion Matt Cort (Beedles Lake Golf Club) to claim a second PGA Professional Championship title at Sherwood Forest Golf Club.

Having won the Championship in 2015 at Burnham & Berrow Golf Club, the 2023 title will make Hendriksen one of only a handful of players to win the tournament twice.

Hendriksen took the lead at Sherwood Forest in the second round and managed to maintain his position thanks to rounds of 68, 66, 72 and 67, finishing six shots ahead of runner-up Cort. The win will secure Hendriksen a spot in the 2024 PGA Play-Offs at Aphrodite Hills Resort, alongside Cort.

“I think this proves winning the first one wasn’t a fluke,” joked Hendriksen. “That’s what I’m most happy about at the moment. It doesn’t feel like eight years ago!

“I think this was probably a more solid performance compared to 2015 and it was nice being able to walk down the final holes with a big lead, rather than a small (one shot) lead eight years ago. There was a lot less pressure and that was a nice feeling coming down the last knowing I just had to get the tee shot in play, hit the green and it was tough to lose it from there.”

Despite starting the final round two-shots ahead, Hendriksen remained attacking and three early birdies on holes 5, 7 and 8 meant he just couldn’t be caught by Cort who put up an impressive title defence.

Hendriksen added: “Matt (Cort) is probably one of the best players who competes in PGA tournaments. He caught me yesterday towards the end of the day so I was getting a little worried because I know how good he is, so I had to have my have my ‘A game’ and I brought that today and that was the only way I could beat him.

“This week has been really tough. The heat you can manage, we’re all used to playing in that, but the course was firm, and fast with lots of rough, so you had plot your way around the course and hit good shots. If you hit bad shots, you were going to get punished. I felt it was a fair golf course, but you really had to stand up and hit the shots.”

Hendriksen’s good friend Joe Ferguson (Tour Tech Golf) completed his final round earlier in the day, stayed on to support his friend during his final few holes and gave him a fantastic champagne celebration on the 18th hole (pictured).

The top 10 players plus ties also gain points towards qualification for the 2024 Great Britain & Ireland PGA Cup team and entry into Final Qualifying for the 2024 Open Championship at Royal Troon.

Paul O’Hara (North Lanarkshire Leisure Ltd) got off to a flyer with 5 birdies in the first 8 holes to finish in 4th place with a final score of -3, whilst other players making a big move on the final day to finish inside the top 10 included Jamie Howarth (Davenport Golf Club), Toby Hunt (St Mellons Golf Club) and James Ruth (James Ruth Golf Coaching).

CLICK HERE to view a final leaderboard from the 2023 PGA Professional Championship.

CLICK HERE to view our photo gallery from Sherwood Forest.

Watch highlights and reaction to Paul Hendriksen's victory at Sherwood Forest.


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