Date: November 24, 2018
Author: Mark Hayes

Harris lives a dream for the World

He didn’t know at the time, but Ashley Harris bottled the putt he’d dreamt of his entire life to win the inaugural ISPS Handa Disabled Golf Cup at Metropolitan today.

Harris, the world No.7, had practised putting to win a big tournament since his grandfather introduced him to golf as a teenager.

Remarkably, the enthusiastic Englishman had his dream realised when he calmly stroked in a 2m par putt to win the final hole, which enabled his World team to halve that match and earn what became the critical half-point in a 3.5-2.5 triumph over Australia.

Harris and German Timo Klischan came from 2-down with three to play to earn that half-point against Shane Luke and Geoff Nicholas – and neither could believe it had been so critical.

“We were never ahead at any stage in our match,” Harris said.

“I can’t believe that. I didn’t really know the significance of that putt … but it’s something I’ve wanted to do my entire life.

“You practise that to win a big event … and to win (at) the World Cup is just amazing.”

Earlier, Spain’s Juan Postigo and Ireland’s Brendan Lawlor teamed brilliantly to upstage Australian pair Cameron Pollard and Tony Coates 5&4 to extend the overnight 2-1 lead.

Remarkably, the European combination was three under par when they walked off the 14th green.

“We just had a hot streak again around the turn. Juan managed a few birdies and I had an eagle on the ninth. It just came together well,” the effervescent Lawlor said.

Aussies Stephen Prior and Mike Rolls won another epic clash 1-up over Manuel De Los Santos and Adem Wahbi to narrow the final margin.

“That was incredible,” Prior said after strolling up the last hole and winning with a par.

“It has been an amazing couple of weeks and that was such a great moment to do that here.”