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The PGA of Holland’s Ralph Miller managed to successfully convert his lead and dominant play at the 2016 UniCredit PGA Professional Championship of Europe to take the Championship honours and the first prize of €10,000. 

“I finally won it! After trying four times, coming in second twice, and finished third once,” said Miller.  “Now finally winning is great.  This is the cherry on the cake – it’s the biggest event I’ve won this year and it’s just great.

'People ask me ‘are you going to go play again?’ and I just turned 40 this year – 40 is the new 30 they say – but I love coaching, love teaching and working with young players that want to become professionals…so I’m going to just keep doing that and then play some events like I do now and that’s enough for me.”

Having come close in 2011 with a third place, and even closer in the 2014 and 2015 editions of the Championship, Miller’s winning performance was due and a popular outcome for the event.

After the third round’s play was abandoned at Pravets Golf & Spa Resort in Bulgaria due to the weather conditions, Miller’s lead after two rounds carried over, beginning the day with a one-shot lead at nine-under par.

Miller carded an eagle, four birdies and one bogey on his way to a cool and controlled 67 (-5) and a total of 14-under par, a comfortable five shots ahead of the field.“I still had the same gameplan of trying to hit fairways and hit greens – give yourself chances – and that’s what I did,” Miller added.  “I didn’t make any mistakes except up the 11th where I made a bogey as my ball was plugged in the bunker, but you know what I played very solid.”

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Het was overigens niet de eerste zege van een PGA Holland-pro in dit kampioenschap. In de jaren tachtig en negentig werd op GC Broekpolder al een EK voor Clubprofessionals georganiseerd - door de club zelf.

De namen van John Woof en Tim Giles staan op de trofee die nog ergens in het archief van Broekpolder moet staan. Het kampioenschap werd vanaf 1990 door de Britse PGA erkend, maar uiteindelijk kwam toch een einde aan wat als een roemrucht toernooi de geschiedenis in is gegaan.

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