Chris McDonnell has won the Glenmuir PGA Professional Championship at Blairgowrie. The former Hexham assistant, now working for Troon Golf Management, almost threw it away on the final two holes, following a rain suspension, dropping shots on each to leave him on 11-under-par. That opened the door to Jason Levermore, however the Channels professional could only par the final two holes and was left to settle for second, one shot behind after closing with two-under-par 70.
Third place went to Bulwell Forest’s Andrew Willey, who was competing is his first championship since 2004. He finished on nine-under-par having been one of a number of players to top the leaderboard on the final day.
McDonnell won the Austrian PGA equivalent title earlier in the summer. With this latest victory he collected £10,000, the use of Peugeot car for a year from the support sponsors, plus a place in the end of season Titleist PGA Play-Offs in Turkey. He is also in a strong position to qualify for next year’s Great Britain and Ireland PGA Cup team, which will take on the United States in California.
Commenting McDonnell said, “I hit the ball well, putted well and just got off to a fantastic start. I was four under after nine and I didn’t look at a leaderboard until after ninth. I saw that I was a couple of shots ahead and played some great golf coming in, it was just a shame about the last two holes. I recently won the Austrian PGA title but this tops that one as this is definitely the biggest win of my career.”