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The tale of the 18th

The tale of the 18th

It was a day where a betting man would have focused on the final pairing of Frost and Wesselingh to take the trophy home. And as the day progressed it seemed neither of them was playing particularly well until Wesselingh chipped in at the par four 12th for his second birdie of the back nine.

Paul Wesselingh and Barry Lane

At the same time, however, Barry Lane was playing precision golf on his back nine, which included five birdies, one on which came on the par five 18th. This left him with the clubhouse lead of nine under par. Wesselingh arrived on the 18th, 10 under par only needing a par to win. However after finding the green in three all he needed was a two-putt par, unfortunately, his three-foot long second putt slid agonisingly by the hole.

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And so begun a sudden death playoff, including pars and birdies with some amazing chipping from both players to tie it no less than five times. As the sun dipped behind the clouds for the sixth time of playing the hole, both players missed the green right. Lane mishit his chip and hit his birdie putt just further then tap-in distance. Wesselingh then missed a very makeable birdie putt and thought he had thrown it away, however Lane’s ball lipped out for par. Wesselingh then stepped up to make sure of his par and to win his second consecutive MCB Tour Championship.

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