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Sleuth locks up Finals spot


Daily Mail
25 Sep 2018

STEVE GORDON, a retired murder squad detective, and partner Michael Brown solved the mystery of how to reach the grand finals of The Daily Mail Foursomes, writes Cara Sloman.
Morpeth pair Gordon and engineering draftsman, Brown, both 59, were tested all the way by Graeme Markey and Alan Smart at Duddingston.
But Gordon rolled in a 12-foot birdie putt to seal a two up victory to take the duo through to next month’s showpiece at Marriott St Pierre.
‘I’ve never played under such pressure in my life, because it meant so much,’ said Gordon. ‘Your heart is just pounding all the way round. You don’t want to let each other down. It’s such a massive tournament and to be part of this in the last 16, is huge.
‘Our opponents were two very gracious young men, but the two lions managed to overcome them.’
There was added satisfaction for the pair, as neither of them had ever played the Scottish course before. Gordon, who plays off five, said: ‘Sometimes it can work in your favour, as you don’t know where the trouble is, so you look at what you’ve got and off you go.
‘I wouldn’t say it was a particularly brilliant match. There were a lot of mistakes by both teams. Thankfully we had our poker faces on and didn’t give too much away.’
It is the first time the couple have entered the world’s largest golf competition and making it to the last 16 men's and women's teams is a record run for the club.
Gordon revealed the secret to their success: ‘It’s been a mixture of Michael’s coolness, my fieriness and obviously ability, splattered with a little bit of luck.’

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