Woodman equals Cuddington course record en route to PGA Surrey Open title
In a thrilling climax to July’s Virgin Atlantic PGA South Order of Merit tournament, Guy Woodman birdied the last hole to win the PGA Surrey Open Championship at Cuddington Golf Club in Surrey.
Starting the final round a shot behind playing partner Paul Newman from East Berkshire, Woodman opened up in spectacular style with two eagles against Newman’s par, eagle start. But with both players out in 32, Woodman still remained one stroke behind. But birdies at the 11, 12 and 15 pulled him ahead by one after 35 holes, after Newman’s three birdies and two bogeys, and after a drive and a wedge to the 18th green to four feet, Woodman holed out for a dramatic two-shot victory.
In the process, the Berkshire professional shot a record-equalling eight-under-par 63 to post a 14-under-par total and take home the historic trophy and the £2,000 winner’s cheque.
“I couldn’t be happier!” said a delighted Woodman. “Cuddington was in terrific condition, and The PGA in England (South) and home PGA Pro Paul Schunter ensured another great tournament for us all. And after my previous attempts here, it’s great to shoot a 63 and come out on top.”
Newman’s 12-under-par score saw him take second, with new PGA Southern Open champion Andy Raitt (St George’s Hill) taking third on 10 under. Also in the mix for the first time was Golf College student Lewis Hinton, who finished on six-under-par in 12thto win the best amateur prize.
The next Virgin Atlantic PGA South Order of Merit tournament is the PGA Kent Open Championship at Prince’s Golf Club from August 19-20.