Local rookie Matthew Jordan leads British Masters at Hillside after shooting course record 63
- Matthew Jordan has impressed in taking an early lead at the British Masters
- Jordan turned pro last year and got late invite before shooting course record 63
- Tournament host Tommy Fleetwood shot 68 in the opening round at Hillside
If you want to know how good you have to be to make it in the professional game these days, consider the example of young Englishman Matthew Jordan.
When the 23-year-old turned pro late last year, he had a handicap of plus seven — at Royal Liverpool, for heaven’s sake! Yet it still doesn’t guarantee him a game from week to week on the Challenge Tour, much less the European Tour.
When the main circuit pitched up this week in his native North West with the Betfred British Masters at Hillside on the Merseyside coast, it looked like Jordan was going to miss out until a last-minute invitation dropped into his lap on Sunday.
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