After the resounding success of last years Audi Cork Irish Masters, the 888poker.com PGA EuroPro Tour series returned to the Fota Island Resort for 5 days of golf for a second consecutive year, this time playing in the Deerpark ( as opposed to last years site the Bevelly) course (one of the 3 impressive courses available at Fota Island Resort). After 2 days of pro-am games (2nd and 3rd July) the Audi Cork Irish Masters kicked off from 4-6th July and proved a record breaking event with a worthy winner.
Scotsman Eddie Saltman won the three day tournament in spectacular style winning by eight shots to break the course record. The win means he is now in the lead in the 888poker.com PGA EuroPro Tour Order of Merit by just £8.33 as the tour passes the halfway point. Such a record breaking easy victory didn’t look likely going the final round as Saltman had started the day tied for the lead with Australian Rika Batibasaga and Welshman Stuart Manley but a superb ten-under-par 61 lead the Scotsman to a comfortable victory and a £10,000 winner’s cheque.
With seven more games to play for in the tour all could change but what looks certain is that the high esteem held by all the players for Fota Island Resorts immaculate and well-run golf courses remains firm. The golf course which numbers such sporting luminaries as Padraig Harrington amongst its many fans, once again impressed the visiting players and looks likely to continue being a highlight of the tour for the remaining future.