ENMORE Park’s David Dixon scrambled to the Marston’s West Region PGA Championship at The Players Club, near Bristol, by one-shot, beating player-of-the-season Michael Watson who won the OOM title for the first time in more than 20 years.
Yet it was achieved after the most bizarre hole he has ever played.
He had extended his three-shot overnight lead to five over his playing partner by the time he stood on the tee of the 173-yard 13th hole with a 7-iron in his hand.
He was cantering home – or so it seemed.
Then he hooked his first ball into the water and followed with an identical shot. His third ball just found the edge of the green but then he three-putted from 35 feet for an eight.
He also made his solitary bogey at the unlucky 13th in a magnificent opening seven-under-par 65 that defied horrendous wet and windy conditions.
The pair swapped shots until the 156-yard 16th when Watson (Wessex Golf Centre) pulled his seven-iron into the water to fall one behind. And that was how it ended, although Dixon did not realise he had won after a one-under 71 and total of 136.
Dixon said: “I was five under after 12 holes and hadn’t hit a bad shot all day. My brain was melting as I have never had an eight on a par three before. That was when I thought our scores were level and we were heading for a play-off because of the confusion.
“But it made it exciting for the final few holes and winning is winning. It had been a real setback but I kept strong and gave myself a chance on every hole coming back.
“We are both in the Play-Offs and that was my goal when the season started. It’s going to be a busy November as then I go to final Tour school qualifying.”
Watson won the Order of Merit and the pair will be joined in the Play-Offs in Turkey by Richard Dinsdale (Parc Golf Academy) who claimed third spot.