Jeff Mathews wins third event at the PGA North Winter Series

The Newcastle-born professional, who moved to the Red Rose county more than two decades ago, signed for a five-under-par 67 over the Blundellsands links

Newcastle-born golfer Jeff Mathews
Newcastle-born golfer Jeff Mathews

Geordie exile Jeff Mathews won the third event in the PGA North Winter Series at the West Lancs club.

The Newcastle-born professional, who moved to the Red Rose county more than two decades ago, signed for a five-under-par 67 over the Blundellsands links.

The PGA Lancashire secretary and former North Region captain qualified for the Senior Open Championship on the same stretch of coastline in July.

Mathews, 52, is a former Wallsend junior and PGA assistant, also working at Parklands and Bedlingtonshire.

He’s now the professional at the Oak Royal Golf & Country Club, near Chorley.

Graeme McDowell believes that he will compete for Ireland at the Olympics in 2016 after representing the country at this week’s World Cup of Golf.

McDowell is from Northern Ireland so has the option to represent Ireland or Great Britain at the Games in Rio. But by-law two of rule 41 of the Olympic Charter states that if an athlete has represented a country in a tournament recognised by the relevant international federation, in this case the International Golf Federation, then three years must pass before they can represent another at an Olympic Games.

“I believe that me being here and representing Ireland will mean that I will have to play for Ireland when it comes to the Olympics in 2016,” said McDowell.

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