Rotherham's Thomson claims second place in Matchroom Sport Championship

ROTHERHAM'S Jonathan Thomson surged into a share of second place in the Matchroom Sport Championship at Luton Hoo Hotel with a closing seven-under-par 66.

Alsager's Sam Connor with the Matchroom Sport Championship trophy.

He was one of three Yorkshire players to place inside the top four in the latest EuroPro Tour event, although he and fellow runner-up James Simpson (Close House) were seven shots adrift of winner Sam Connor (Alsager; 67 64 68).

Thomson had five birdies on the way to the turn, and two coming home – plus an eagle three at 16 – but closing bogeys at 17 and 18 cost him outright second place.

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They worked out at a loss of £750 each as he took prize money of £4,500 rather than £6,000 for second on his own.

Dan Wasteney (Bondhay) had six birdies in his outward nine and a further two coming home to add a 65 to his earlier scores of 73 69 to share fourth spot with eight other players, including Huddersfield’s Nick Marsh, recent winner of the Dawson & Sanderson Classic.

Marsh (67 69 71) had three birdies in four holes from the eighth, stumbled to a double bogey at the 13th, but then birdied 16.