Groves flies high to win in Dubai

GEORGE GROVES has claimed a well-deserved victory in the inaugural EDGA Dubai Finale.

The world number one and reigning English disability champion earned his place in the field after winning his national title at Stoke by Nayland in September.

The Surrey golfer made the most of the opportunity and rounds of 77 and 82 on the Earth Course were good enough to give him a three shot triumph over America’s Chad Pfeifer.

In July, Groves finished second in the opening EDGA event of the season held during the week of the Aberdeen Standard Investments Scottish Open at the Renaissance Club in East Lothian.

This week there was to be no denying the man from Horne Park Golf Club.

Groves took centre-stage in the event which ran parallel to the European Tour’s finale to the 2019 season – the DP World Tour Championship.

He said: “It’s fantastic. I’m going to go home very proud of myself, celebrate with my friends and family. It will be really good.

“This tour has really changed my life. I think it’s just changed me as a person, changed me as a golfer. I’m just really happy that I’ve actually managed to get into stuff like that.

“It’s really good to get us involved and on TV and to show other people with disabilities to get more into golf and, instead of lounging around at home, be confident in themselves and get out there and show what you can do.”

Groves has Erb’s Palsy, a condition which leaves him with 20 per cent strength in his left arm after a medical accident during birth.

However, that has not stopped him from rising to the top of the rankings for golfers with disability.

“When I was younger I was a footballer and I was told to do exercise for my arm,” added Groves.

“My parents said do golf. I went to the range one day and I thought this could be something so I took golf up.

“To come out and win this, be World Number One, is just incredible. I’m pretty sure I’ve 100 per cent done the right choice.”


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