Paul Howard Wins In Finland

Our own Paul Howard claimed his first European Challenge Tour title by winning the Vierumäki Finnish Challenge at the weekend.

Paul held a two-shot lead heading into the 4th Round after carding rounds of 68-65-66. He started Round 4 but then torrential rain in Finland flooded the course and the tournament was reduced to 54 holes, making him the victor.

After his win was confirmed, Paul said “I am speechless, I was very nervous this morning and although I played well those nerves didn’t really lift – so it’s fair to say that I’m ecstatic that it has been cancelled.

“I didn’t get over the nerves but felt that I was managing the situation. It was torrential out there and I am not surprised that it got cancelled.

“I went to work in a call centre as I didn’t have any money after last season so this is massive – hopefully I won’t have to go back there anytime soon.

“Last year I just missed out on having a full card whereas now I am going to get into every event, and I will be able to afford to go to all the events – so this is massive for me.

“I can’t put it into words other than to say I’m absolutely chuffed. I have a lot of really good friends out here and it was great that they were all with me when I heard the news that I had won – that feeling was probably better than holing out on the last.

“My parents are going to be made up, everyone back at my home course and everyone I know is going to be ecstatic.

“The goal this year was to win, as it was last year, and every other year before that. Although I won in a strange way, it is nice to know that I can put myself at the top of the leaderboard after three rounds.

“Everyone tells me that I am good enough to do it, and I can take a lot of confidence from this week. Hopefully I can go on and push for that top 15 spot now.”