The PGA of Great Britain & Ireland’s Alex Wrigley produced a dominant display on the final two days to win the 2017 Mercedes-Benz International Pro-Am at Al Ain Equestrian, Shooting & Golf Club in the UAE.
Having been runner-up in the event in both 2015 and 2016, Wrigley followed up his course record round of 63 (-7) in Round three with a three-under par round of 67 to close the tournament in style on 14-under par.
“It was a totally different day to what we’ve been used to out here with no sun,” said Wrigley. “A lot more wind than we’ve normally had, so it was a little bit of a grind. Chris was on for a really good round and fortunately he fell a little bit shy of me.
“I love this place, I can read the greens really well and the holes just seem to suit me…even the new nine holes…the win fills me with confidence for the rest of the year. I’m also really happy for my team too, to finish second is fantastic and I’m really pleased for them. I had my dad and granddad out here along with Neil.”
In windy conditions, only four players were able to shoot under par for the day, in the event supported by Mercedes-Benz, Eastern Motors LLC, and Abu Dhabi Sports Council.
One of the four was another PGA of GB&I Professional, Chris Gane, who emerged from the pack to put down the only challenge to the eventual winner. The two Brits were well clear of the rest of the field, which was headed by Ondrej Lieser of the PGA of Czech Republic.
Lieser shot a three-under round of 67, consisting of four birdies, to end with a four-round total of 275 (-5). After struggling in the first round, Lieser produced some great golf to complete a top-three finish.