Posted: 31/05/17

Smith records top forty finish in Wentworth debut

Jordan Smith recorded a successful T40 finish in the PGA BMW Championship as the Team MBP golfing stable took on the European Tour’s most prestigious event of the year.

Both Jordan and Chris Hanson were making their debuts at the world-famous Wentworth Club while Duncan Stewart agonisingly missed out as first reserve in Surrey. The BMW PGA Championship marked the first of the European Tour’s new Rolex Series which ensured an added buzz around the course all week.

Taking to the course first on day one was Chris Hanson who, without having the rub of the green, battled hard for a five-over par opening round. Meanwhile, Jordan Smith looked to be heading for an opening day over-par score until he managed to claw himself back to level-par thanks to a memorable eagle on the eighteenth.

Buoyed by his late in the day exploits on Thursday, Jordan continued his good showing on day two as a round of 72 saw the Bowood golfer through to the latter half of the week comfortably. Unfortunately, despite a much-improved level-par second round, Chris Hanson departed at the week’s halfway point.

A second consecutive round of 71 saw Jordan enter the final day in T16 as hopes of a big finish increased. Unfortunately, this wasn’t to be the case as a two-over par round left the 24-year-old in T40 at the week’s climax.

Immediate following the conclusion to the BMW PGA, Jordan, Chris and Duncan all found themselves back in action on Bank Holiday Monday as they headed to Walton Heath for the US Open qualifier.

Although they were unable to collect one of the coveted spots; all three managed to card respectable scores with Duncan and Chris finishing just three shots behind the sought-after top fifteen spots.

In a week that saw the Team MBP golfing stable competing at one of the world’s most famous events and almost securing US Open invites, Head of Golf, Duncan Maxim, reflected proudly on the player’s achievements.

"What a huge success the changes at Wentworth proved to be, I can't recall one player who had a bad thing to say about the renovations. Jordan continued his excellent start to the year and can feel proud of finishing in the top 40 in his first big tournament. I'm sure he was very nervous playing in front of home fans, many of whom he knew from his own golf club, along with many family members who came to support him. He would have learnt an enormous amount over the week, which will be good experience at future major events."
 
"Chris played some of the best golf I have seen on the Friday where he shot level par, but unfortunately the putts would not drop. I know he's disappointed with missing the cut, but again, a large amount of experience would have been taken away."
 
This coming weeks sees Jordan at the Nordea Masters in Sweden for the European Tour.

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