Englishman Phil Golding played Honma to clinch the weekend’s French Riviera Masters by four shots at the Terre Blanche Hotel Spa Golf Resort.
Golding’s third Tour victory on French soil is his first with Honma since switching to the prestigious Japanese brand in May 2014.
Yesterday’s victory elevates Golding to 5th on the Senior Tour Order Of Merit, with over 164,000 Euros. He trails another Englishman, Barry Lane, by just 14,000 Euros in the battle for fourth place.
“The feedback I get from my Honma clubs is superb” said the 52 year old from Bushey in Hertfordshire. “I have gained 6-7 yards with the irons, which is half a club, and with the new technology they are building into these clubs, the feel and touch I am getting is just incredible.
“I use a gold coloured Honma driver which attracts a lot of attention, as you’d expect! But it is a winning club, which is what matters. I am definitely playing more confidently with my new Honmas, and have had a string of good results with them this summer.”
In September, again playing Honma, Golding and Bernhard Langer tied for second place at the WINSTONgolf Senior Open in Germany in a three-way playoff which also featured eventual winner Paul Wesselingh.
Golding’s French Riviera Masters victory makes him the only golfer in history to win a hat-trick of French events on the three different main Tours: the European Tour, the European Seniors Tour and the European Challenge Tour. He was also only the second golfer in history to win on all three different European Tours, after Italian golfer Costantino Rocca.
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