GREENORE’S Robert Giles just missed out on capturing the Glenmuir PGA Professional Championship in association with Peugeot.
Whilst all the hysteria at the weekend was reserved for Rory McIlroy in the US Open, Giles had his own crazy week of highs and lows as he carded a third successive level par 72 for a total of four under par.
However, it was not enough as Craig Goodfellw came in at a steady one under, 71.
On the second last day, three dropped shots in the final three holes left Giles with it all to do.
Giles was cruising at seven-under-par for the tournament having eased to three-under for his round – aided by an eagle at he first as he chipped in – when disaster struck over the PGA National course at The Belfry, near Birmingham.
He gave a shot back at the 16th before a lost ball at the 17th resulted in a double bogey. Consequently, he returned a score of level par 72 to sit at four-under after 54 holes, two shots off the lead ahead of the final round of the £78,000 tournament.
“It wasn’t the best finish given I was seven-under with three to play”, said Giles who ensured that he will be making his PGA Cup debut. He also revealed how his return to form this week has rejuvenated him having withdrawn from all his tournaments last year due to a complete loss of form.
“My game had been pretty poor and I was at stage where I withdrew from all my events,” said the 40-year-old.
“I had some Challenge Tour events via my ranking and I pulled out of them last year as I was so despondent with my game but now it’s a question of looking at my schedule again after making the PGA Cup team.
“I would have liked to have won the championship but outside of that getting on the PGA Cup team was my next priority - and I’ve done that.”
However, making the PGA Cup was what it was all about for Giles.
“I had chances to challenge. I had a chance on the 10th with a four foot putt for eagle to get to eight-under but I missed it. After that it was a case of getting home. I made a couple of bogeys on easy putts and I was a little bit nervous over the last few holes but I parred the last two to get home safely, so in the end I’m more than happy.
“Making the PGA Cup means everything. I’ve played majors, European Tour events, I’ve played seven times for Ireland in the International Team Championships, winning it twice, and if anything the PGA Cup is the only thing I haven’t played in.”