The second installment of the 4 day Alps Tour events in France/Luxembourg kicked off on the 11th – 14th September at the Chateau de Preisch Golf Club.
With high winds and sunny and warm conditions forecast for the week, a test of mental strength was going to be the key to a good performance.
Tom started the 1st round very steady compiling a score of 69 (-3) with 5 birdies and 2 bogeys, but with a frustrating 75 (+3) 2nd round which included 2 three putts and a double bogey Tom slipped back from 3rd to T20th but comfortably made the cut on level par. Saturday was moving day with Tom compiling another very solid 69 (-3) which helped him move up into T12th but 6 shots back from the leader Alfonso GUTIERREZ (ESP) at -9.
The 4th and final round started fast with Tom quickly getting to -5 through the first 7 holes thanks to an eagle on the first par 5. After a drop shot at the 8th, Tom quickly gained it back at the 10th with another birdie with 2 more at holes 14 and 15. After rolling in a 30fter on the 18th to shoot 64 (-8) and finish on -11 it soon became clear after he finished that a playoff could be imminent. Matthieu PAVON (FRA) and Alfonso GUTIERREZ (ESP) also finished on the same score so a 3 way playoff ensued.
Tom stayed calm placing the ball comfortably in the middle of the fairway down the 18th, the first playoff hole and after a fantastic iron shot to 8ft into a tight pin, the pressure was placed firmly upon Pavon and Gutierrez. After a good drive and a great 2nd shot, Pavon bettered Tom’s by 2ft but Gutierrez fired his ball over the green into the back bunker. Once Gutierrez splashed out to 7ft, the stage was left for Tom to sink his putt. Sticking to his routine he stepped up and rolled it right into the center of the cup meaning only Pavon could match it. The Frenchman hit a good putt but fortunately for Tom it wasn’t firm enough and the ball was left just half an inch short of dropping.
This meant Tom prevailed and captured the title of The 2014 Citadelle Trophy International Champion. A video of the playoff can be found below:
It was an amazing final round, one that Tom will be taking a lot of confidence from moving forward into European Tour Q School in the coming weeks. A huge positive which has seen Tom jump from 51st to 17th on the Alps Tour Order of Merit and within touching distance of a possible Challenge Tour card at the end of the season should he finish in the Top 5. A great momentum builder!