Big week for Romford’s Coles

PUBLISHED: 08:43 24 October 2016 | UPDATED: 08:43 24 October 2016

Robert Coles tees off (pic Warren Little/Getty Images)

Robert Coles tees off (pic Warren Little/Getty Images)

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Maylands golfer in PGA play-off action

Romford’s Rob Coles begins his quest at the PGA play-offs at Devon’s Saunton Golf Club today.

And in-form Coles (Maylands) goes into the big event on the back of his third Beko Pro-Am title in Turkey, where he beat two-time Major champion John Daly in the process.

Coles, who topped the PGA East Order of Merit, sponsored by Weston Homes, competes in the play-offs this week and is determined to improve on his last visit to Saunton, almost quarter of a century ago.

He said: “I played there in the English Amateur. I reckon I was about 20 and didn’t do well!

“As I recall, I got my backside whipped by someone early on! So I’m looking to do a little bit better than I did then.

“But I do remember it being lovely and I’m looking forward to going back.”

Coles will be joined in the 72-hole showdown in Devon by fellow East region PGA Professionals Ian Campbell (Cheshunt Park) and James Webber (Three Rivers) and it will be the first time that any of the trio have made the play-offs.

Coles added: “I’m very much looking forward to trying to get something out of that week.”

The 24-strong field will be competing for a number of European and Challenge Tour starts with the top 10 winning a place in next year’s BMW PGA Championship.

An added incentive for the leading three is an automatic spot in the Great Britain & Ireland PGA Cup team to face the United States at Foxhills Club & Resort next September.

The 44-year-old Coles, who was a regular on the European Tour for many years, earned his spot at the Play-Offs with a brilliant three-shot victory in the final Order of Merit tournament, the East Anglian Open at The Rayleigh Club.

He climbed from third to first in the rankings after rounds of 67 and 68 to finish at seven under and said: “At the start of the week that was what I wanted to do – to get to the play-offs. Winning was an absolute bonus.”

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