Broadhurst wins TP Tour National Matchplay

Former Ryder Cup player Paul Broadhurst won the TP Tour National Match Play final last week at Wentworth's prestigious East Course

Paul Broadhurst

Six-time European Tour winner Paul Broadhurst won the TP Tour National Matchplay final last week at Wentworth Golf Club, the UK's most televised golfing venue.

The semi-finals and the final of the event took place on Wednesday 29th August at the home of the European Tour, over both the Edinburgh Course - designed by John Jacobs, Gary Player and Bernard Gallacher - and the historic East Course, designed by Harry Colt.

The first semi-final was contested between David Salisbury and Rich Prophet, with the former prevailing 2&1 in a match where no less than 15 birdies were exchanged.

In the other semi-final, Braodhurst - who represented Europe in the 1991 Ryder Cup at Kiawah Island's Ocean Course - made an inauspicious start against World of Golf's Joey Carlisle, but recovered to win the match 4&2.

The final - staged on Wentworth's East Course - started in torrential rain, with Salisbury making the better of the starts to be one up after 13 holes.

Broadhurst drove the green of the 14th, however, to set up an easy birdie and level the match before a par at the 16th moved him ahead.

He then hit his six-iron approach on the 17th hole to eight feet to complete a 2&1 triumph.

This week, the feeder TP Tour - whose top three players earn a spot at European Tour Q-School - heads to Berkhamsted in Hampshire.

For more information on the TP Tour, visit www.tptourseries.com.

Nick Bonfield
Nick Bonfield

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