David Higgins and Simon Thornton will play in September’s PGA Cup after finishing in the top ten behind Matthew Cort in the PGA Professional Championship at Slaley Hall.
Cort closed with a 69 to tie with Drayton Park’s Daniel Whitby-Smith on six-under before beating him in sudden-death.
“Winning this event is right up there at the top for me,” said Cort, a former PGA Assistants’ champion. “I’ve done well in other PGA events and this ticks another one off.”
Higgins, who was joint leader at halfway, faded to fifth alongside Thornton with rounds of 71 and 75, leaving them four strokes outside the playoff as Tim Rice came 44th on 11-over.
Cort and Whitby-Smith join Ashley Mansell, Higgins and Simon Lily on DJ Russell’s PGA Cup team while Thornton, Adam Keogh and Greig Hutcheon had already qualified through the PGA Play-Offs earlier this year, leaving DJ Russell with two captain’s pick to compete his ten-man team.
“It’s been a very exciting day and we’ve now got a very impressive line-up, Russell said. “This year we seem to have quite a few rookies and they are very solid players. They’ll certainly give the American players something to think about. Matt is a very solid player and I think he’ll flourish at Foxhills.”