Richard Wallis snatched a dramatic victory in the Titleist PGA Play-Offs in Turkey.
The Kent player was crowned the PGA’s number one player after a thrilling back nine which had seen Simon Lilly storm into contention with a superb seven-under-par 64 – the best round of the week at Antalya Golf Club’s PGA Sultan Course.
David Higgins and Paul Streeter, Wallis‘ playing partners, were also in contention but the Walmer & Kingsdown pro delivered what proved to be the decisive blow when his 5-iron to seven feet at the par-5 16th set up an eagle.
It was the perfect riposte to Lilly who minutes earlier had birdied the 16th himself to go in front at 13-under-par, but the Wellingborough pro bogeyed the last to give Wallis some precious breathing space.
Meanwhile, Higgins of Waterville Links had a putt on 18 to force a play-off after Wallis’ bogey but his effort shaved the hole.
Wallis secured the win with rounds of 65, 67 and 68 which left him 13-under for the tournament – a stroke ahead of Lilly and Higgins.