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Close shave for Craig at Masters

Victory this year makes up for play-off loss in 2009

Whetstone pro Craig Shave came out on top in a closely fought Midland Masters at Kedleston Park thanks to two timely birdies down the stretch.

Kedleston Park, has hosted the Midland Masters for a number of years and this year’s 36-hole event saw more than 80 Midlands pros battling it out for the £1,050 top prize.


The tournament went down to the wire, before Shave was eventually crowned champion six years after missing out in a play-off for the 2009 title. Shave went on to top the PGA in England (Midlands) Order of Merit that year to earn a spot in the flagship BMW PGA Championship the following year. This time,
two rounds of 69 were enough to see Shave home by one from the quartet of Simon Lilly, Paul Streeter, Jak Hamblett and Matthew Cort, none of whom was able to produce the closing birdie required to take the championship into extra time.

Shave played his final seven holes in three-under, including crucial back-to-back birdies on 16 and 17, having previously eagled the 579-yard penultimate hole in round one.

“Thankfully, I didn’t need a play-off this time, although I enjoy playing here at Kedleston,” Shave said afterwards.

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