Saturday, December 06, 2014


John Daly wins for first time in 10 years

+Scroll down for all the final scores and the PGAs of Europe News Release
On Thursday he announced his engagement to his "soul mate," Anna Cladakis, a former promotions director for Hooters restaurants. 
On Saturday he won his first tournament in 10 years.
Despite shooting an even-par 72, making him the only one of the top 14 not to go under par, Daly won the PGAs of Europe's 54-hole Beko Classic by one shot after birdieing the last hole for 15-under-par 201.
Daly, former winner of the US and British Open championships, turned in two-under-par 35 in his final round with birdies at the long second, fifth and ninth, bogeying only the short third.
But it looked as if he was going to let his victory chance slip away when he bogeyed four holes in a row - the 10th, 11th, short 12th and 13th.
However, Daly stopped the rot and birdied the short 15th and the long 18th for 37 home.
Englishman Robert Coles put the pressure on the American with a 67 which included eight birdies and three bogeys.
Coles birdied the long fourth, short sixth, seventh and long ninth with his only outward bobey coming at the eight.
Out in three-under 34, Coles birdied the 10th, 14th, 16th and 18th but had costly bogeys at the 13th and 15th.
Scot Raymond Russell, winner of the event in 2010,  finished joint 10th on eight under 208 with scores of 66, 73 and 69.
The tournament was played at Gloria Golf Club in Belek, Antalya, southern Turkey.
Daly's last win came in the 2004 Buick Invitational, where he beat Chris Riley and Luke Donald in a play-off for his fifth US PGA Tour win. 
He made it to two play-offs in 2005, but lost on the first extra hole to Vijay Singh in the Shell Houston Open and on the second extra hole to Tiger Woods in the WGC-American Express Championship.

Par 216 (3x72)
201 J Daly               66    63    72       
202 R Coles             68    67    67       
203 P Broadhurst     68    68    67
203 C Gane               63    69   71
204 A Gee                67    66    71       
205 D Clarke            64    77    64        
205 K Phelan            66    69    70       
206 J Rask                69    69    68       
207 C Lloyd              71    70    66       
208 R Russell            66    73    69        
208 A Marshall         70    71    67       
210 K Eriksson          71    68    71       
210 G Porteous          69    71    70   
210 D Griffiths           69    71    70   
212 R Enoch               69    70    73       
214 J Heath                 72    68    74



Two-time major champion, John Daly, capitalised on his second round lead by carding a level-par 72 at Gloria Hotels and Resorts’ New Course in Turkey to win the 2014 Beko Classic with a total of -15 (201), his first Professional win in ten years that comes in the same week as he proposed to long-time girlfriend, Anna Cladakis.
The American superstar professional took the honours in the 13th PGAs of Europe-sanctioned edition of the event and, after donating his $8,000 winner’s cheque to local charities, he perhaps gained more from the end of season confidence boost that comes from a victory - especially with his first since the Buick Invitational play-off win at Torrey Pines, USA, in 2004:
It feels great to win – as professionald we try to build on confidence so any time you win anything it boosts it,” explained Daly.  “It’s pretty much my last tournament of the year so I can hopefully go into 2015 with some extra confidence."
A first round 66 on the New Course followed up by a 63 in Round 2 on the Old Course set the Californian-born Open Championship winner on course for his overall win, but it wasn’t strictly the gameplan to play so conservatively in the final round:
“I favour the Old Course…it suits my game because there’s a lot more full shots into the holes and it just sets up better for me.  Today I hit it pretty good, but five of the fairways I hit I didn’t have a shot to the green…I played ok but missed a lot of opportunities too.
“It’s been great to be in Turkey – not just for me but for my whole family…this is a great place to come…it reminds me of Palm Springs so much with the beautiful weather here.
Daly’s final round started well with birdies at two, five and nine, along with a bogey at the third to go out in two-under.  But his back nine was not befitting of the rest of the weeks’ play as he made four bogeys in a row to drop to -13.  However, a birdie at 15 took him back into a tie for first, and a crucial two-putt birdie after a pin-high second on the 18th edged him one shot ahead to claim the title.

Just that one shot behind was 2013 Beko Classic Champion, Robert Coles (PGA of Great Britain and Ireland), whose three excellent 60s rounds – 68, 67, 67 – enabled him to finish at -14 (202), tantalisingly close to a hat-trick of Beko Classic wins.  
Coles’ final round 67 (-5) was more up and down than his previous ventures with eight birdies and three bogeys, but the birdies that came at 16 and 18 were good enough to secure the runner-up spot.
First round leader, Chris Gane (PGA of Great Britain and Ireland), along with former Ryder Cup professional and also a member of the PGA of Great Britain and Ireland, Paul Broadhurst, shared third place with totals of -13 (203).
Broadhurst made the most ground on the final day with a closing five-under 67 to move up the rankings, but it was more of a case of ‘what if’ for Gane as a lost second in the New course’s 18th hole lake created a bogey that could otherwise have allowed him to contend for the title.
The Team Pro-Am competition culminated with a victory from the home-named team ‘Gloria’ made up of amateurs, Fahir Telli, Dr Nurettin Katiranci, and Hatice Cetindere. 
Their overall total was assisted with the help of professionals Joakim Rask, David Griffiths and Robert Coles across the three rounds, ending up with 260 points (-44).
Two teams ended on 254 points (-38) but taking second place on count-back was the team of H2S made up of Hazim Evrengil, Hale Berdan, and Halit Berdan, assisted by professionals Liam Bond, Garrick Porteous, and Klas Eriksson.
Taking the third place, having lost the countback, were GOLFIST with Esra Demirsoy, Ian Randell and Angus Mackenzie, joined by Robert Coles, Adam Gee and Chris Gane.
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