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Runners-up spot for Rob Coles

PUBLISHED: 09:44 28 October 2016 | UPDATED: 09:44 28 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 man misses out at PGA Play-Offs

Romford’s Robert Coles had to settle for the runners-up spot at the PGA Play-Offs at Saunton Golf Club yesterday.

After an opening round of 76 on Monday, Maylands professional Coles had carded 65 and 70 to get himself in the hunt and produced a sparkling front nine of four-under par 32 in the final round to put pressure on leader Matt Cort.

Standing on the 16th tee, Coles was three shots clear of Cort on eight-under par after seven birdies in his first 15 holes and said: “I was going well, had a good start and was playing really nicely.”

But Cort eagled the par five 15th, as Coles bogeyed the 16th and 17th, and it was all change at the top of the leaderboard.

Coles, who finished six-under par for the tournament, added: “It was under control and then a couple of holes at the end caught me out.

“I got the tee shot wrong at 16 and ran out into a bunker and had to chip out. Then at 17 I had to stand in a bunker for a ball out of the bunker.

“I looked at the board and saw I needed to make par at the last – so I was pleased I did.”

Cort made par on the last three holes to finish with a 71 and a one-shot victory, making it third time lucky for the Beedles Lake pro, who said: “I am thrilled. I have had a couple of seconds in this event so it’s fantastic to finally win it.

“This caps off a great season. It is great to finish it number one.

“I did not start that well. The round got away from me a little bit although I held on.

“When I bogied 11 and 12 and saw that Rob and Damien (McGrane) were having good days, that probably put me in a good position because then I was playing catch up a little bit.

“You have to change the way you play. You cannot play defensive anymore because you haven’t got the lead.

“After 12, I played really good.”

The pendulum swung in Cort’s favour on the par 5 15th which, due to the wind direction, was reachable in two.

Cort added: “That was key for me. I hit a four iron on the back of a two tier green and got it to between 12 and 15 feet and holed it.

“By the time I got to the 17th, I knew it was between me a Colsey. It was pretty tight over the last few holes.”

As well as the £2,000 winner’s cheque, Cort has secured automatic places in next season’s BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth and the British Masters.

He will also play in the PGA Cup side along with Coles and Greig Hutcheon.

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