Golf: PGA the Gareth Wright way

West Linton pro Gareth Wright
West Linton pro Gareth Wright

West Linton club professional Gareth Wright completed a fairy tale season on the PGA front after winning the end-of-season Play-Offs in Turkey.

The Borders-based Welshman holed a 15-foot birdie putt at the 72nd hole at Antalya Golf Club to come out on top in the battle between the top 24 PGA pros in Great Britain and Ireland.

“To win an event like this where you’re up against some of the top players in the country is really thrilling,” said Wright after closing with a 67 for a nine-under-par 275 total and a one-shot win over Englishman Matt Cort.

“There’s some guys out here that have had European Tour cards, it’s a big achievement to come out and win an event like this.”

In addition to a £2000 top prize, Wright has also earned several European and Challenge Tour events next year, including, subject to confirmation, the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth.

“I’ve had a lot of second place finishes this year and, of course, you always want to win. I’m proud to be the PGA No.1, it’s the perfect way to end the PGA season,” he added, having already been part of the first GB&I side to win the PGA Cup on American soil in September.