Tuesday 27 September 2016

Thornton takes title

Published 02/07/2015 | 02:30

An improved mental approach helped Simon Thornton to victory in the two-day Johnston Mooney & O’Brien PGA Challenge at Carton House
An improved mental approach helped Simon Thornton to victory in the two-day Johnston Mooney & O’Brien PGA Challenge at Carton House

An improved mental approach helped Simon Thornton to victory in the two-day Johnston Mooney & O'Brien PGA Challenge at Carton House.

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The 38-year-old followed up Tuesday's 68 with a three-under-par 70 yesterday to win by two shots from Colm Moriarty.

"The big difference was that mentally I was in the right place, I was in tune with what I needed to do. For the last nine months my head has not been in it," said Thornton, who lost his European Tour card at the end of 2014 and has been flitting between the Challenge Tour and main Tour this season.

"I have been down on myself and not playing well.

"But I was talking to a couple of the guys after the Pro-Am and it kind of gave me a kick up the backside - they would love to be doing what I'm doing."

Thornton started the second round with a one-shot lead over Moriarty and Daniel Beattie, and extended that advantage with birdies at three of his opening five holes.

He dropped a shot at the eighth but further birdies at the 10th and 11th set up a victory march.

Irish Independent

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