Lethal Liam aims to keep calm and carry on


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St Pierre's Liam Bond, who dominated The PGA in England (West) Order of Merit tournaments this year, is bidding to carry on his impressive form in this month’s Titleist PGA Play-Offs in Turkey.

The £15,000 tournament, which is being contested over 54 holes at Antalya Golf Club’s PGA Sultan course from November 23-25, brings together the top three players from each of the PGA’s seven regions.

“Thankfully the form that took me to Turkey has been maintained since the season ended,” said the 43-year-old Welsh-based Lancastrian who despite missing the cut at European Tour qualifying school signed off with an eight-under-par 62 to emphasise his shot-making skills.

“The Play-Offs offer a great way to get into Tour events,” he added.

“It is a great incentive to get a start in the BMW PGA Championship - playing at Wentworth in such a prestigious event and something every player dreams about.

“Competing in fine weather over an outstanding course in Turkey is a rich reward for every one of us who qualified.

“I will go there full of confidence having played so well all year and enjoyed such a wonderful season on the region. To win four of the seven Order of Merit tournaments was something special and unique.”

The top 10 in Turkey all qualify for the BMW PGA Championship and joining Bond in a bid to reach Wentworth will be former PGA Cup players Stuart Little (Minchinhampton New) and Richard Dinsdale (Parc Golf Academy, Newport) who finished second and third in the Order of Merit respectively.

Left-hander Little, 46, would relish the opportunity to play on the European Tour again, if only  to revive memories of the successes he achieved during his Tour career that started in 1992.

Dinsdale, 41, a member of the PGA Cup team in 2005, spent one full year on the European Tour in 1996 and followed with five seasons on the Challenge tour while attached to Newport.

He has been one of the most consistent players in Wales and the West over the years. He enjoyed success in his last Play-Offs appearance after winning the region’s Order of Merit in 2010 and made his Wentworth debut the following year.

Kent’s Richard Wallis (Walmer & Kingsdown) will be aiming to win the title for a third successive year.

Titleist brand director, Matthew Johnson, commented: “Titleist strives to support golf in all aspects of the game and our partnership with The PGA and the PGA Play-Offs offers a fantastic platform to strengthen our ties with all PGA Professionals.

"We take great pride in validating the #1 ball in golf, used by the best players in the world from touring professionals through to PGA Professionals and elite amateurs.

“The PGA Play-Offs is a unique event in bringing the leading PGA pros together to compete for an opportunity to tee up at some of the European Tour’s biggest events including the flagship BMW PGA Championship and we look forward to seeing an exciting conclusion to the season."

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