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5 extra holes for Chevin to go through

Daily Mail
13 Jun 2017

PAUL TATLOW and Gerry Nash held their nerve to win a five-hole sudden-death play-off to put Chevin into the fifth round of the Daily Mail Foursomes by knocking out Chesterfield, writes Cara Sloman.
Neither side was ever more than one up in the match and both missed earlier opportunities to settle the marathon decider.
'It was a very enjoyable match in a perverse sort of way. It keeps raising the tension the more holes you’re going,’ said Tatlow, whose Derbyshire county experience in the end gave the home duo the edge over Andy Warwick and Brendan Lovelock.
The scratch golfer needed to nail three eight-foot pressure putts over the closing holes. The first at the 18th took the match to extra time, the next at the 19th kept the game alive and the final one for a par decided the match.
Tatlow admitted Nash had left him with some unwelcome knee-knocking putts, but stressed: ‘I love foursomes golf. There are two rules. Never say sorry, as no one does it on purpose and have a laugh.
‘I had been putting well all day. The two guys we played against also putted well, but missed a couple late on. It was a really good game, really friendly.'
He thought Chevin were up against it when they went one down with four to play, as they still had to give two shots. This is when his county background came in useful. He said: ‘It helps instil a never give up attitude.
‘Foursomes can flip so quickly. The two guys both had putts to win at the second and third extra holes and I genuinely didn’t see them missing.
‘I had positioned my trolley at the third facing back to the clubhouse, I was so confident he was going to knock it in.
‘Pressure can do strange things to people. You tighten your grip on the putter. A little bit of a pull or push and suddenly it misses the hole.’
This victory took them another step closer to the October finals, where the last-16 men’s and women’s pairs will battle it out at Marriott St Pierre for the coveted trophies.

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