Eagle finish as Whitson hits 66; Le Blanc debuts with 76
Kevin Le Blanc. Picture courtesy GUI/Golffile/Fran Caffrey   

Kevin Le Blanc. Picture courtesy GUI/Golffile/Fran Caffrey


PGA Europro Tour — Royal County Down's Reeve Whitson closed with an eagle three for a seven under 66 to lie just a shot off the pace in the PDC Golf Championship at Studley Wood in Oxfordshire.

On a day when The Island's Kevin Le Blanc signed for a three-over 77 on his professional debut, Whitson followed an early bogey at the fourth with six birdies from the fifth to the 17th before his thrilling finish.

The former Spanish Amateur Open champion lies in a four-way tie for second behind England's Chris Lloyd, who shot an eight-under par 65.

It was a good day too for Jonny Caldwell (67) and Brian McElhinney (68) but while Le Blanc made four birdies and four bogeys, he also double-bogeyed his fourth and 18th holes.

Order of Merit leader Dermot McElroy is well down the leaderboard after a one-over 74.

The PDC Golf Championship, Studley Wood Golf Club (Par 73)

Detailed scores

T2 Reeve Whitson  Royal County Down Golf Club -7 66
T6 Jonathan Caldwell  Clandeboye Golf Club -6  67
T11 Brian McElhinney  North West Golf Club -5  68
T45 Niall Kearney  The Royal Dublin -2  71
T62 Declan Loftus  Unattached -1 72
T62 Brian Casey  BLACKSTAR -1  72
T85 David Carey  Unattached E  73
T104 Dermot McElroy  Ballymena Golf Club +1 74
T117 Stephen Grant  Mount Juliet +2 75
T127 Kevin Le Blanc  Unattached +3 76