Richard McEvoy wins maiden victory at European Porsche Open


"I apologize to Richard McEvoy and the fans for my brevity on 18", world number 23 wrote on Instagram.

This year's Memorial Tournament victor could do with a big performance as he bids to make an American Ryder Cup team that will have a few players who show their emotions on the course, with Patrick Reed and Bubba Watson sure to rile the European crowds in Paris from 28-30 September! "You get a lot of self confidence with handling a situation like that".

"I've tried to enjoy my golf as much as possible".

The man who eventually scuppered John's dream of victory on home soil was 39-year-old journeyman McEvoy.

Since turning pro 17 years ago, McEvoy has plied his trade between the Challenge Tour and European Tour. What a massive step forwards for him, as he won €333,334, whilst the total prize fund for the Challenge Tour event was just '€210,000.

Both golfers seek their first European Tour title.

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The Englishman, who is yet to win on the European Tour, took the outright lead with birdies at No. 9 and No. 11 before play at the Green Eagle Golf Course was suspended for nearly three hours due to lightning storms.

"It's incredible", McEvoy told reporters. 'I've waited a long time for this.

McEvoy secured his first European title on his 285th attempt following a victory on the Challenger Tour in France the previous week.

McEvoy has had the month of his life, one that started with a victory in a pro-am at Queenwood in Surrey, where he came out on top against the likes of Rory McIlroy and Justin Rose with a course-record 64.

"I fought hard, I believed, and even at the last I overpowered my caddie to lay it up to give myself the best opportunity to make birdie and I managed to do it", McEvoy said of his approach to the last. A lot of bad years, a lot of good years but it had never quite happened.