Murray White has made history becoming the first pro to successfully defend the PGA Super 60s Championship title. The Centurion Club pro, partnered by seven handicapper Glyn Radcliffe of Mill Hill Golf Club, sealed his place in the record books after the pair claimed victory on the first hole of a sudden death play-off at Caldy Golf Club.
A second successive round of 67 saw them tie at ten-under-par for the tournament with Chesterfield PGA pro Mike McLean and his amateur partner John Wheeldon, who birdied the last for a 68 to add to their opening day 66 and force the shoot-out. But the conclusion ended without any more fireworks as Murray made par on the first hole of extra-time – missing a birdie chance from seven feet. That left McLean and Wheeldon seemingly straight forward putts from two feet to take the play-off down the second. However, both missed leaving Murray and Radcliffe as victors. Murray pocketed £1,250 for the win, while McLean’s consolation was £1,000.
Murray, surprised to find himself in the annals of PGA history with the win, said, “It would be better if I’d holed my putt to win but these things happen. I misread my putt from six or seven feet but so did the other two and a win’s a win I suppose. I’ve had bad experiences of play-offs in the past, having lost in a couple, so this is the first positive one but I do feel for the other two guys. I’m pleased with the outcome and pleased with how we played today. We putted really well, linked in nicely and had a bit of a wobble up the last but you’ve got to have a wobble somewhere. This has been huge for Glyn, but he definitely played his part over what has been a very good golf course.”
The Superb 70s title, offering pairings aged 70 and over a chance of some silverware, was won by Maurice Bembridge and his partner Michael Curley, who were overall winners two years ago. They finished on five-under-par after a second round six-under-par 66.
Pictured from left: Murray White and Glyn Radcliffe