Langley, Masters The Players
David Langley and Dan Brooks put on a spectacular display of scoring in the second round of The Players Club Masters, when both players scored 10 under par 62’s to end the day tied up on 12 under par.
However, it was the amateurs who stole the limelight at the Players Club on the first day, with The Kendleshire’s Naider Hussain and Hanbury Manors Harry Goddard both posting 4 under par 68’s to set the early pace.
Then, much later in the day, Players Club amateur, Jack Cope, set the Cat amongst the Pro’s with a magnificent 6 under par 66 to join Mitch Waite and Toby Hunt at the top of the leader board to tee off in the last group on the final day.
Stunning weather again for the second and final day at The Players Club and the early starters took full advantage with much improved scoring compared to the first day with a prime example being the amateur, James Cooper who rattled in a 5 under par 67 that included a double bogey 7 on the fifteenth.
Then the attention turned to group 31 with Dan Brooks who, after a fairly pedestrian front nine of 2 under par, went on a spectacular run on the back nine covering it in an 8 under par 28 with 6 Birdies and an Eagle.
In the very next group, David Langley was also burning up the course covering the front nine in a 6 under par 30 but not content to sit on his laurels, Langley added 4 more Birdies on the back nine, to also post 10 under par and join a surprised Brooks at the top of the leader board.
It was going to be almost a 2 hour wait for the pair until the final groups recorded their scores and their nearest challenger turned out to be Jack Cope, who carded a 4 under par 68 to finish third on 10 under par but what might have been if Cope had not double bogied the second hole?
And so, it was off for a play-off starting on the par five 14th hole and it was over quickly when Brooks, with the honour, pulled his tee shot into a small copse of trees, whilst Langley found the centre of the fairway some 320 yards out.
Langley hit his 186 yard second to within 25 feet for two, Brooks extricated himself from the trees then hit his third shot to 15 feet but it was all over when Langley made a Birdie 4 and Brooks missed his chance to extend the playoff.
It was a shame that one of the players had to lose after both men produced such spectacular golf on the final day.
A special thanks go out to the club, green staff and especially the members who made the tournament possible and kept everybody safe in these strange times.