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.
I 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 I slipped back from 3rd to T20th but comfortably made the cut on level par. Saturday was moving day, I compiled another very solid 69 (-3) which helped me move up into T12th but 6 shots back from the leader Alfonso GUTIERREZ (ESP) at -9.
The 4th and final round started fast, I quickly got to -5 through the first 7 holes thanks to an eagle on the first par 5. After a drop shot at the 8th, I quickly got 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 that I could be in a playoff. Matthieu PAVON (FRA) and Alfonso GUTIERREZ (ESP) also finished on the same score so a 3 way playoff ensued.
I stayed calm placing the ball comfortably in the middle of the fairway down the 18th, the first playoff hole and after great 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 my approach by 2ft but Gutierrez fired his ball over the green into the back bunker. Once Gutierrez splashed out to 7ft, I had a chance to sink my putt. Sticking to my routine I 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 me it wasn’t firm enough and the ball was left just half an inch short of dropping.
This meant I prevailed and captured the title of The 2014 Citadelle Trophy International Champion. A video of the playoff can be found by clicking the link below:
It was an amazing final round, one that I will be taking a lot of confidence from moving forward into European Tour Q School in the coming weeks. A huge positive which means I jumped 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 I finish in the Top 5. A great momentum builder!
Thank you again to all my supporters, this win is a direct result of all your generosity and support.