Posted on August 8, 2023 in News.
Alex Fitzpatrick winner, Tom Vaillant 2nd
At the British Challenge, Alex Fitzpatrick claimed his first-ever Challenge Tour victory, recording a total score of 276 (-12). Despite a difficult start, Frenchman Tom Vaillant took second place thanks to a total score of 281 (-7), which is his best career result.
Alex Fitzpatrick celebrated his first-ever victory as a professional on the St. Mellion Estate course. The brother of Matthew Fitzpatrick brilliantly posted a solid score of 68 (-4), conceding just one error while birding five for a -12 total. His 17th position at the recent British Open further confirms the expectations placed on him, he who had occupied the fourth world rank among amateurs. With the title, the 24-year-old Englishman climbs to seventh place overall, taking a major step towards possible promotion to the DP World Tour next year.
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On the side of the French
The morning of Tom Valiant started with difficulty, marked by two bogeys and a double bogey during the first five holes. However, the 21-year-old recovered on the return with an eagle on hole number 12 and a birdie on 16. Despite a card slightly higher than par 73 (+1), the one who had represented Cannes-Mougins at Gounouilhou the previous year managed to climb to second place, alongside Stuart Manley and English Ross McGowan. The three players finish five strokes behind the winner.
Starting from hole number 10, Robin roussel closed his tournament brilliantly by scoring five birdies on his last eight holes, which allowed him to sign a final card of 68 (-4). This performance earned him 30 places on Sunday and climbed to fifteenth position.
After a day of play at par despite a triple bogey and four bogeys, Pierre Pineau (-2, 17th) is one shot behind. Benjamin hebert (-1, 25th) also moved up the rankings thanks to his score of 70 (-2). On the other hand, Clement Berardo (+1, 34th) struggled on his last lap 76 (+4). On the other French side, Jerome Lando Casanova, Frederic Lacroix, Julien sale, Ugo Coussaud, Victor Riu, Jean Bekirian, Mathieu Decottgnies-Lafon et Louis Anceaux failed to make the cut.
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