With EuroPro title in hand, Maddy sets sights higher

Paul Maddy

Paul Maddy

WOBURN, England – England’s Paul Maddy has no doubt where he will spend the £15,000 he picked up for winning the EuroPro’s final event of the season, the 888poker.com Tour Championship. It’ll come in handy as he chases his dream of playing on next year’s European Tour.

Maddy put together scores of 68-65-72 for a 54-hole total of 10-under 206 around the Marquess’ Course at Woburn Golf Club, Ian Poulter’s home club. The 31-year-old won by three shots over countryman Lee Clarke.

“This is the biggest win of my career by far,” Maddy said. “I’ve had a couple of EuroPro wins already, but to win the Tour Championship is the icing on the cake. The fact I did it in style against a great field on a world-class course is really rewarding.”

Maddy’s second-round 65 matched the lowest score ever posted on the Marquess’ Course, two-time venue for the European Tour’s now-defunct British Masters. He was seven shots worse in the final round, but he was delighted with that score for a different reason.

“I think the big thing for me this year is that I’ve been able to bounce back from a bad hole quickly. Today I made a double-bogey on the par-5 seventh hole but birdied the next (the par-3 eighth), and what happened at 13 was more proof that I can put a bad hole behind me.”

Maddy doubled-bogeyed the par-4 12th hole but then made an eagle two at the 467-yard 13th when he holed an 8-iron from 132-yards. “I was just trying to take the spin of a little 8-iron and it went in. That’s the toughest hole for the members, but it was kind to me all week, I was 4 under on that hole.”

The victory enabled Maddy to win the EuroPro Order of Merit. Earnings of £32,821.78 gave him an advantage of just over £2,000 on Scotland’s Duncan Stewart. It also guarantees Maddy a place on next year’s European Challenge Tour. The top 5 on the money list automatically receive spots on the 2013 European Challenge Tour. Aside from Maddy and Stewart, Welshman Stuart Manley, a member of the 2003 Great Britain & Ireland Walker Cup team, England’s James Hepworth and former Augusta State player Wallace Booth took spot Nos. 3-5 on the money list.

Maddy has a chance to go one level higher than the Challenge Tour. He arrived at Woburn already with a place in the European Tour’s Qualifying School in Spain at the end of this month. Maddy took the top spot in his section during second stage qualifying, and will play for the chance of one of 35 cards on offer for next year’s European Tour.

“I’ve had a few tries at Q School but haven’t succeeded so far. This is the farthest I’ve gone. I hope I can gain a card for next year’s main tour, but the fact I have a spot already on the Challenge Tour is a great back-up. The money I made here will come in handy too, because I’m sure I’m going to spend a bit of money next year.”

Maddy turned professional in 2007 and has played mostly on the EuroPro and other development tours since. Coached by Lee Scarbrow, Poulter’s former coach and one-time boss, Maddy feels ready for his latest challenge.

“I’m looking forward to it. I’ve never played a European Tour event or even a Challenge Tour event, but the EuroPro Tour has plenty of really strong players. To top the Order of Merit over such good players can only give me confidence.”

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