George Woolgar says finishing tied second at this year’s fourth PGA EuroPro Tour open has given him a boost in confidence.
The Chesterfield golfer completed his final round at Collingtree Park ten under par alongside Simon Lilly, and one shot behind winner Alex Belt.
In only his second event back on the tour, following nine months out through injury, Woolgar said it was great to be back in contention.
He said: “The feeling of pressure and the emotions you get when coming down the stretch is difficult to explain, but it’s what every golfer strives for when they play.”
Woolgar went into the closing holes needing to find another gear and a birdie on the 17th left him with a chance with just the 18th - a par five, 580-yard hole onto an island - to play.
After negotiating his way to the green, he was left with a 30-foot putt for birdie.
“I struck the ball and knew it had a chance as it was on line but I left it just short. I was gutted,” he said.
He tapped in for par and a round of 68 (-4) and had to watch on as Bent played the last and held on for par.
“Looking back, it was a good event and I played some excellent golf,” he added. “To finish second in just my second event back from a nine month injury layoff has boosted my confidence for the weeks ahead.”
Woolgar will have a chance to go one further this weekend as he returns to Frilford Heath near Abingdon, where he won last year, for the next EuroPro event.
He is in contention for the British Open after he shot 69 (-3) at Monday’s qualifier.