Its great to see McEvoy rediscover his winning touch and grow in confidence in Scotland. Richard McEvoy, James Heath and Matt Ford were all renting the same house in Aviemore during the SSE Scottish Hydro Challenge and the English trio finished first, second and third respectively here at Macdonald Spey Valley. They should start up a letting agency for golfers after this.
In the end, it was a procession to a coronation for McEvoy as he bridged a 13-year title gap on the Challenge Tour with a classy, four shot triumph over the defending champion Heath. McEvoy’s closing five-under 66 for a 16-under 268 left him well clear of his fast-finishing compatriot, who surged up the order with a closing 64. Ford also signed off with an eventful 64 which was illuminated by a hole-in-one on the sixth to finish a stroke further back. “I couldn’t believe it when I saw the leaderboard and the three of us were at the top of it,” said McEvoy, whose last victory came in the Panama Open back in 2004. “It must have been our cooking.”
English golfers have certainly found a recipe for success and, at all levels, they are conquering. In addition to McEvoy’s highland fling, Tommy Fleetwood won the French Open last night while Neil Raymond won on the third-tier PGA EuroPro Tour on Friday and Alfie Plant landed the European Amateur crown on Saturday.
A stroke ahead going into the final round, McEvoy set about his business with purpose and birdied the second and third to bolster his position of authority.
Having covered his front nine in just 30 blows, the 38-year-old held a three stroke advantage which he never looked like squandering.
“It’s been a long wait for a win,” he added. “ I'm playing some of the best golf of my life this season and I’m certainly much better under pressure.”