Golf: Bourdy targets Ryder Cup

Gregory Bourdy winning ISPS Handa Wales Open

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Gregory Bourdy has set his sights on making Europe’s Ryder Cup team after winning ISPS Handa Wales Open by two shots on Sunday.

American Pete Uihlein looked on course to take the victory at Celtic Manor as he held a three-shot lead over Bourdy and fellow Frenchman Thomas Levet going into the final round.

However, Uilein could only card a one-over par 70, and while Levet fell away completely, it was left to Bourdy to take the win thanks to a four-under round of 67.

Bourdy got his round off to the perfect start with an eagle at the second but was pegged back after picking up bogeys at 13 and 14.

A birdie at 16 courtesy of a 45-foot putt got him back on track and then he drained another 30-footer on the 18th to wrap up the win and boost his chances of making the Ryder Cup.

“It was an amazing round, I started great with an eagle on the second and that gave me a lot of confidence for the rest of the course,” he said.

“I bogeyed 13 and 14 so I needed some birdies and thankfully I made three of them on the last three holes – I’ll remember that great finish on such a great course for a long time.

“I was thinking about the Ryder Cup here when I was walking down the 18th so it’s such a great honour to win this event here at Celtic Manor.

“I changed my putting grip last week but I thought it was not good enough, so I went back to my old grip and my old putter this week and thankfully it worked out well for me.

“It’s a dream to be in the Ryder Cup team quick and before France in 2018, its one of my biggest goals in golf so I’ll do my best to stay in a good position in the rankings.”

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