08 Jun 2021 | Professional golf |

Antcliff falls short in Hamburg

by PGA of Australia

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Maverick Antcliff finished just outside the top 10 in Hamburg. Photo: Getty

Back-to-back bogeys at back nine par 5s has cruelled Maverick Antcliff’s hopes of a breakthrough European Tour title at the Porsche European Open in Germany.

Tied at the top of the leaderboard with England’s Matthew Southgate prior to the third and final round, Antcliff led the field in driving accuracy but was unable to take advantage of his fairway finds, hitting 56 per cent of greens in regulation on his way to a 3-over 75.

As England’s Marcus Armitage made a charge around the turn that would ultimately yield his maiden European Tour win, Antcliff was 1-over on his round and needing to make a charge. A bogey at the par-4 12th made his assignment all that more difficult and then when he dropped shots at the par 5 15th and 16th holes the 28-year-old’s hopes evaporated completely.

A birdie at the final hole moved him back into a tie for 11th and crucial Race to Dubai points, now sitting 39th in the year-long points race.

In just his second start back since he was tied for sixth at the Saudi International in February, New Zealand’s Ryan Fox fired a 3-under 69 in the final round to join Antcliff just outside the top 10.

In a roller-coaster round that included just six pars along with eight birdies, three bogeys and a double bogey, Fox climbed 21 spots on the leaderboard and moved up to 104th in the Race to Dubai.

Like Fox, New South Welshman Dimi Papadatos finished strongly to squeeze just inside the top 30 while West Australian Jason Scrivener faces an anxious wait to see whether his tie for 55th is enough to qualify him for next week’s US Open. European Tour Porsche European Open Green Eagle Golf Courses, Hamburg, Germany Winner Marcus Armitage 72-71-65—208 €179,670 T11 Maverick Antcliff 71-68-75—214 €17,410 T11 Ryan Fox 71-74-69—214 €17,410 T29 Dimitrios Papadatos 72-75-70—217 €9,150 T55 Jason Scrivener 74-70-77—221 €4,468 T60 Josh Geary 72-73-78—223 €3,942 MC Min Woo Lee 74-74—148 MC Wade Ormsby 76-73—149 MC Deyen Lawson 77-75—152 MC Jarryd Felton 81-74—155 MC Scott Hend 79-76—155 MC Jake McLeod 77-81—158

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