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Mill Hill golfer Brooks finishes second on Challenge Tour
12:47pm Wednesday 13th June 2012 in Sport
Mill Hill golfer Daniel Brooks finished second after a thrilling finish at the European Challenge Tour event in Austria.
The 25-year-old pushed Frenchman Gary Stal all the way before coming second at the Kärnten Golf Open.
Stal’s final round 68 helped him to a 20-under-par total which was one better than Brooks.
Starting the day tied on 16 under, Stal landed the first blow of the day with a birdie at the first before Brooks hit back immediately on the second green. Stal landed another birdie on the third before his first and only bogey of the day on the sixth brought Brooks level again.
The Englishman moved ahead of the field on the next hole, but back to back bogeys before the turn handed the initiative back to Stal, who then went two clear with a birdie on the 11th.
Birdies on 13 for both men kept Stal’s advantage to two shots, but Brooks closed the gap at the next hole before what looked to be the decisive moment on the 16th. Stal made a birdie, and, with Brooks dropping a shot, looked comfortable as he walked onto the par five 17th tee with a three shot advantage.
But a stunning eagle from Brooks reduced the lead to just one going up the 18th hole. But a par from Stal ensured he took home the title. The result matched Brooks' best performance on tour and was his first top ten of the season.