Agony for Ridley

Mark Ridley narrowly missed out on the Silversea Senior PGA Championship after leading for much of the tournament at Foxhills.

The South Moor pro eventually lost out in a playoff with Lindrick’s long-serving head professional John King, who seemed to be out of contention at the start of the final round with Ridley and John Gould set to fight it out.

But Ridley was unable to replicate the form that had seen him lead the tournament at the end of the first and second rounds and posted a four over-par total of 77 to finish on two under-par – his round effectively derailed by three bogeys in the last five holes. Gould also recovered from a plague of late bogeys on his way to 78 as King made flawless progress to a one under-par round of 72 to finish on two under-par.

The playoff took place on the 18th and while Ridley had made birdie with a 40ft chip on day one and an even longer putt for an eagle on day two, his Midas touch deserted him and he eventually three-putted for a bogey and King claimed victory par.

The win was worth £6,000 to King while Ridley had to settle for a cheque for £4,500 but both players do qualify for a place in the Staysure PGA Seniors Championship at the London Club in August.