Aaron Cox wins PGA series opener

Blackwell Grange-based PGA professional Aaron Cox continued his winning start to the year with victory in the first of the PGA’s new 36-hole Open Series events at Marriott Worsley Park.

Aussie Aaron posted a seven under-par second round of 64 to win the Manchester Open after being named Participation and Development Coach of the Year at the England Golf Awards.

Following an opening round of even par, Aaron enjoyed a day like no other in round two.

Having picked up three birdies, he arrived at the 15th with the lead standing at six under-par. A fourth birdie followed before a par at 16 and another birdie at the 17th. 

At the last, Aaron made the green and had 35ft for a closing birdie. “My putt started two cups outside left and it’s gone up the hill, made one revolution to the left, done a Tiger Woods at Augusta at 16 and gone in without touching the flag!” said Aaron. “I went berserk and ran around the 18th green in hysterics… I almost did two laps of the green.

“The series is a great new initiative,” added Aaron. “Under the conditions, the length of the course and being four shots behind, this was one of my best rounds as a professional and definitely the best round that I’ve had in England in the four and a half years that I’ve been here.”