Friday, August 04, 2017

 Chris Lloyd earns £10,000 prize in EuroPro
Tour Masters and aims for £250,000 bonus
Chris Lloyd moved a step closer to the coveted £250,000 bonus prize with a record-equalling third title win in a single PGA EuroPro Tour season at the Nokia Masters at Mannings Heath Golf Club and Wine Estate.
Lloyd (The Kendleshire) fought off fierce competition in the form of Guy Woodman ( who scored a final round of nine under par (63) to finish on 12-under-par 204 to earn the £6,000 runner-up prize.
Lloyd collected nine birdies and just one bogey in a final round of eight under par (64) to finish -14 (202) with two earlier rounds of 69.
“I’m delighted, it was a very exciting day. I knew if I got off to a quick start I might have a chance,” said Lloyd, who wins £10,000 as well as a brand new Motocaddy S3 PRO electric trolley with lithium battery, Bushnell Pro X2 Range Finder and Bolle sunglasses.
Reflecting on his impressive final round of 64 he said: “My putting was key, in my previous two wins my putting won me the tournaments, after a change in clubs recently I went back to my old faithful this week and it certainly did the trick.”
Lloyd, who hit both the front and back nines in 32 respectively, started four shots behind tournament leader Andrew Cheese (Sutton Coldfield Golf Club) but finished seven ahead of him by the end.
Completing his final round in the same group as closest rival to top spot in the Race To Amendoeira Nick Marsh, Lloyd remained unfazed and asserted control early on.
He said: “It’s nice to lay down your mark and let them know who was boss today. I’m sure Nick will have some strong weeks ahead though.”
On equalling the EuroPro Tour win record and moving one win from the £250,000 four-win bonus he said: “It has just got very real, I’m playing in five more events with the chance to win the money and I like my odds.”
Lloyd extends his lead at the top of the Race To Amendoeira by more than £14,000 with five events remaining before the EuroPro Tour Championship in Portugal.
Highlights from the Nokia Masters at Mannings Heath will air on Sky Sports Golf on Tuesday, 15 August. The PGA EuroPro Tour continues with The Motocaddy Masters at Wychwood Park Golf Club, Wednesday, August 9 – Friday, August 11.  
Bathgate's Louis Gaughan started the final day in the mix with a sporting chance of the £10,000 first prize and certainly good prospects of a four-figure payslip.
But the pressure must have got to Louis. He required 41 shots to get the turn and in the keen competitiveness of the EuroPro Tour, that is "suicide" metaphorically speaking.
He went to return a 75 for a disappointing aggregate of 212 and a financial reward of "only" £415.
Top Scots - only three made the final day - were Conor O'Neil (69-72-69 for 210) and Lloyd Saltman (70-68-72 also for 210). They earned £612 each.



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