CHESTER, ENGLAND - AUGUST 19: Mathew Webb of Bedlingtonshire GC(L) and playing partner Alex Belt of Snainton Golf Centre pose after victory during the final round of the PGA Fourball Championship at Carden Park on August 19, 2016 in Chester, England. (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)

Three’s a crowd

Webb and Belt soak up that winning feeling

For the third time in as many months, the team of Mathew Webb and Alex Belt have lifted a doubles title, and this month they’ve won the biggest one of the year.

Having qualified through the North region event earlier this summer, the duo won the PGA Fourball Championship at Carden Park.

They again proved a cut above their rivals at the Cheshire resort with an eight under-par 64 giving them a four-stroke victory and a cheque for £5,500 in the SkyCaddie and BMW supported final.

It was a second national PGA title for Bedlingtonshire Golf Club-based Webb who has lifted the PGA Assistants’ Championship this season.

The pair’s friendship dates back to playing in Spain and travelling on the PGA EuroPro Tour circuit, and Belt paid a generous tribute after his partner’s efforts in the tricky conditions.

“Mathew was the star of the show today, without a doubt. I was just there as a bit of support and to tend a few flags,” said Belt, from Snainton Golf Centre.

“It was one of the best performances I’ve ever seen him play, especially with the weather. It wasn’t very pleasant, the rain didn’t lessen and there was no point putting the brolly up after five holes because you were already as wet as you were going to get.”

While they began the final day with a three-stroke advantage, they were kept on their toes by the Scottish pairing of James McGhee and Mark Hillson, who made a great start with five birdies in six holes and reached the turn in six under-par.

However, it was just one better than the leaders who hit the accelerator again with a Webb eagle on the 574 yard par five 13th and birdie on 14 which effectively sealed victory.

“We had a shaky hole on 11 but managed to get a par out of it and then I eagled 13 and that was kind of pressure off.

“I then birdied the next and it was almost we had so much of a lead that we didn’t need to make any more birdies so we stopped making them,” said Webb.

“It’s a special feeling to win another national title and great to share it with Alex this time. It’s been a good couple of weeks.”