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Jonathan Caldwell

Jonathan Caldwell

Jonathan Caldwell

Northern Ireland's Jonathan Caldwell stood still on the final day of the ISPS HANDA UK Championship at The Belfry but saw his Race to Dubai ranking improve with a tied-39th finish.

The Clandeboye man shot a level-par 72 in his fourth round which, combined with his other three scores, left him one under par for the tournament. That saw him drop eight places from his overnight spot.

It was a turbulent round for Caldwell, who picked up four birdies at the Brabazon course but also recorded the same number of bogeys, and it was the mistakes that saw him drop down the leaderboard.

But it wasn't all bad news for the 36-year-old as he saw his Race to Dubai ranking improve five places to 125th at the end of the Tour's first UK Swing.

The winner was Denmark's Rasmus Hojgaard, who prevailed in a play-off over Justin Walters (South Africa) to pick up his second European Tour victory and move up to fourth in the Race to Dubai standings.

Hojgaard shot a seven-under 65 in his final round, the joint best round of the day, to tie Walters at 14 under at the top of the leaderboard and won with a par at the second extra hole, the 18th, after the pair both parred it the first time round.

Two-time Major champion Martin Kaymer (Germany) and Benjamin Hebert (France) finished tied for third at 13 under.

Locally, today is the first round of the 110th Irish PGA Championship held at Roganstown, Co Dublin with several Ulster professionals competing, including recent circuit winners Simon Thornton (Tulfarris) and Nathan Kernaghan (Massereene).

Belfast Telegraph