PGA win wraps up Order of Merit for Thornton
Simon Thornton (Tulfarris Golf Resort) won the rain-affected 108th Irish PGA Championship at Galway Bay Golf Resort on Saturday.
Thornton's win meant he secures the Order of Merit title and now qualifies for the PGA Play-Offs in Turkey from November 21-23 alongside Michael McGeady and David Higgins, who finished second and third respectively.
"Traditionally I always start the season pretty poorly, it doesn't matter what tour I am playing on," said the 41-year-old Newcastle-based player who finished the tournament on three-under par (71/70).
"I said to myself back in February that I wasn't going to let it happen this year and I put some more work in so I could compete straight away and that paid dividends.
"It is a golf course where the wind comes at you from different angles so it was just a matter of hitting the ball in the place you wanted to miss best rather than going at flags.
"I have played really nicely, had some really good scores and this caps off a really good year."
Kilpatrick finished in second place after following his opening-round 68 with a two-over-par 74. David Higgins (Waterville Links) grabbed third, posting a 69 to follow his opening-round 74.