Peter so close to victory

Peter Whiteford.

Peter Whiteford.

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WELLSGREEN-BASED golfer Peter Whiteford went agonisingly close to securing the Ballantine’s Championship over the weekend.

Whiteford actually had the chance to wrap up the title win, but he pushed a five-foot putt past the hole.

He then entered a play-off with Australians Brett Rumford and Marcus Fraser, with Rumford taking the win, helped in no small part by a stunning eagle.

Whiteford, though, reflected on a decent tournament.

He said: “I’m sure once it’s all settled it will be a great week.

“I probably made just enough to keep my card now. I know that’s not what I should be thinking about, but I’ve done that and can press on for the rest of the season.

“Guys like me don’t get many chances to win tournaments, and whatever it was, four or five feet, I hit a decent putt and it didn’t go in.

“But to be fair, at least we got beat by a three on the last and didn’t throw it away – Brett deserves it in the play-off there.”

Whiteford’s attention now turns to this weekend’s Volvo China Open.