Play-off tension as Jack Senior takes full advantage of Saltman error
JACK SENIOR has been crowned Eagle Orchid Scottish Masters champion after he sealed victory in a three-way play-off at Montrose Links.
The HotelPlanner.com PGA EuroPro Tour event was heavily affected by the weather an was reduced to 36-holes following bad weather on the coast, but that didn’t hamper the former Walker Cup player, who edged out Scot Elliot Saltman and Welshman James Frazer in the play-off after all three players finished on five-under-par.
The tie meant all three players had to head down the 18th hole once more, and Senior took full advantage of his drive, which found the front of the green, and two-putted for a birdie.
Neither Saltman, nor Frazer, were able to match the birdie meaning the Englishman took the title.
The win has allowed Senior has stole an early march in the Order of Merit standings following a second place finish at the Belfry two weeks previously and his win at Montrose. Senior will be hopeful of finishing in the top-five of the Order of Merit and earning his Challenge Tour card for 2015.
“I have started the season well, straight out of the traps,” said Senior, who collected a new Motocaddy trolley and Shotsaver rangefinder as part of his prize. “I will hopefully be able to get back on the Challenge Tour next year. If I keep going as I am hopefully I can progress.
“Saltman had hit a great bunker shot on the 18th at the end of his final round, but he missed a short putt to take it to play-off. We all hit driver and the green was reachable. Fortunately enough mine found the gap between the bunkers and I was able to make three.”
For Saltman it was a case of what could have been as the Scot failed to capitalise on his first round score of three-under-par.
He walked onto the 18th hole of his final round knowing that he just needed a par to win the competition. Unfortunately he found a greenside bunker with his approach after a wayward tee shot left him plenty to do.
From there he played out tremendously to give himself a short putt for victory, only to see it lip out and send it to a play-off where Senior claimed the trophy and the £10,000 prize.