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Long -serving head professional at Lindrick Golf Club, John King, came from six strokes back to win the Silversea Senior PGA Championship at Foxhills.

King kept his game together while rivals Mark Ridley (South Moor) and John Gould faltered, with a one-under-par round of 72 getting him into a play-off with Ridley to determine the destiny of the Bernard Hunt trophy and £6,000 winner’s cheque. On the third negotiation of the par-4 18th hole, King held his nerve to claim victory with a par after Ridley’s three-putt.

King, who has been head pro at the 1957 Ryder Cup venue for 20 years and was an assistant there before moving to nearby Worksop – where he coached a youthful Lee Westwood – described his round as one of the best he has played.

But he admitted that, given the deficit he had to make up on Ridley and Gould, his initial target was finishing in the top 15 and earning a place in the Staysure PGA Seniors Championship at the London Club in August.

“I was playing with a good buddy, Rob Ellis,” he explained. “We were realistically looking at making sure we finished in the top 15.

“But you never know at this game. It was a little bit of surprise to catch them but obviously I’m delighted. I’ve had to work that hard for a victory before on occasions but this was one of the best rounds I’ve played tee to green.”

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