Moortown's Nick McCarthy takes route 66 to third place in Matchroom Sport Championship

MOORTOWN'S Nick McCarthy carded an eight-birdie closing 66 to share third place in the Hotelplanner.com PGA EuroPro Tour's Matchroom Sport Championship at Harleyford.

Moortown's Nick McCarthy pictured during last year's Open at Royal Birkdale (Picture: Peter Byrne/PA Wire).
Moortown's Nick McCarthy pictured during last year's Open at Royal Birkdale (Picture: Peter Byrne/PA Wire).

McCarthy moves into the top eight in the tour’s order of merit having opened the tournament with scores of 67 70.

He would have got himself into a play-off for the title but for two bogeys – his only errors of the day – in his final four holes.

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Boston West’s Billy Spooner returned a final-round 68 to be crowned champion on 15 under, his victory push bolstered by a second-round 64 that had followed 69 on day one.

Alex Lodge (Azego: The Component People) pushed him hard on the final day, but 20-year-old Spooner repulsed his challenge to capture his maiden title by a shot.

Spooner had set a new course record with his 64, but it lasted only 24 hours as Ireland’s Brian Casey shot a nine-under par 63 to finish tied with McCarthy after a round that contained nine birdies and one eagle.