Wright’s run contiunues....Adams takes PGA title

Darren Wright. Picture: Frank Coppi
Darren Wright. Picture: Frank Coppi
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DARREN WRIGHT’S remarkable run of EuroPro form continued as he claimed fifth place at the Paul Lawrie Foundation Classic at Newmachar Golf Club.

The former Rowlands Castle man has not finished lower than tied 13th in six events on the third tier of European golf this term.

After claiming the Kerry London Championship in May, it is now a run of four straight top-10 finishes after he carded rounds of 66, 71 and raced up the leaderboard with a final round 66 to end up just three strokes behind winner Paul Howard.

Wright picked up a cheque for £1,750 to take his earnings to £15,791 and remains in second place in the Race to Desert Springs standings.

A top-five placing will automatically earn a place on next season’s Challenge Tour.

n Martin Adams expressed his surprise at winning the PGA in Hampshire’s first major of the season, The Be Wiser Strokeplay Championship.

The Swanmore Golf Centre professional finished two shots clear of morning leader James Ablett, from Lee-on-the-Solent.

Adams recorded a five-under-par total of 137 at the Army Golf Club.

Ablett had to settle for second place while Hockley’s Jack Stubbington was third.

The 28-year-old Adams said: ‘I did not think I was ready to win one of the four majors, so I am very pleased.

‘My short game was the key. I got up and down a few times and that kept me going. I felt as though I was sneaking in from behind, coming from four back.

‘I have been playing well but not really getting the scores to match the performances. It is the first time this year I have actually produced the scores.

‘Every year I am trying to improve. I had those dreams of playing on Tour when I was younger but I have come to realise it is not me. I am happy to play in these events.’

Ablett was left frustrated by his display on the greens.

He said: ‘My putting is very inconsistent at the moment.

‘I am throwing six, maybe seven, shots away in two rounds over three to four feet.

‘Where I need to be seems a long way off.’

Lee-on-the-Solent colleague, Jack Coulbert also secured a top-10 finish with rounds of 72 and 76.