‘Nearly man’ Foster falters at Gleneagles

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WORKSOP’S Mark Foster was the nearly man again as Thomas Bjorn won a five-man, five-hole play-off at Gleneagles.

The Dane beat South African George Coetzee when it came down to the two of them after Foster, who had led three of his four previous European Tour events and not won any, took a bogey six on the final hole of regulation play when one ahead. That dropped him alongside Bjorn, Coetzee, Spaniard Pablo Larrazabal and Austrian Bernd Wiesberger on 11-under-par.

Foster then took six again on the fourth extra hole and he was left to reflect on the fact that he still has not tasted victory since 2003.

The 37-year-old had led by three with eight holes to play, but was caught after he bogeyed the 12th and Bjorn, birdied both the 13th and 16th. It was back in Foster’s hands when Bjorn three-putted the 17th. But driving into the trees meant there was all to do for the former English amateur champion. His second shot found the rough, he could not make the green in three. His pitch rolled back down a slope.

His putt to win never had the pace to reach the hole.