The 2018 Golfbidder £500 Challenge with Rick Shiels and Peter Finch

Thomas Tanner
Apr 09, 2018
3 minutes

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Picking the clubs

For the third instalment of the Golfbidder £500 challenge, Rick and Pete stand all square with both taking a commanding victory. With Donal again meeting them at Golfbidder HQ Rick and Pete are informed they're required to bring two drivers and two putters, and the public will decide the final build of the bag. With the trilogy match taking place at The Grove, a 7000+ yard course, the drivers and accompanying long irons and fairway woods are going to feature heavily.

Rick's bag Pete's bag
Driver Nike Vapor Fly Pro / TaylorMade R15 TaylorMade SLDR 430 / Wilson FG Tour F5
Fairway woods Callaway RAZR X Black TaylorMade V-Steel
Iron set Mizuno MP-60 Ping Anser
Wedges Cleveland RTX 588 (53°) / Titleist Vokey SM5 M Grind (58°) Ping Tour Gorge (54° & 60&)
Putter Ping Redwood Piper S / Ping G5I CRAZ-E Odyssey Versa 7 / Ping Karsten Piper

The Round – The Windy One

An inviting fairway called for a driver off the first tee for both players. Pete's notoriously unforgiving driver was smashed over the corner with a draw shape to spark goading for Rick to concede immediately! Rick followed suit with a fairway found on the safer right-hand side of the fairway. A pair of greens in regulation and two putts a piece the match remained all square after the first.

Again, the SLDR launched a high raking draw down the second for Pete to take advantage after a missed fairway from Rick. Pete's pitch to 4 feet and subsequent birdie put Pete 1-up after 2-holes. A second error from Rick saw Pete's lead double at the third after failing to get up and down after finding the water.

With the wind gusting, Pete left a 7-iron out to the left-hand side of the par-3 which opened the door for an eager Rick Shiels who converted a birdie to claw a hole back to bring it back to just one. Pete immediately bounced back with wins at three of the next four holes - giving him a healthy lead after 8-holes.

Pete continued the onslaught with a birdie on the historic par-5 ninth - where Tiger Woods famously carded a trio of consecutive eagles.

Not even a change of putter could help Rick as he slipped to 6-down, with 6-to-play. Rick would need every hole to level the match, but this proved an impossible task after a par at the next saw Pete take a 2-1 lead in the series.

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