Corby golfer Evans now has a taste for more major competition

Ryan Evans (far right) played alongside the great Colin Montgomerie during the third round of The Open at Royal Troon
Ryan Evans (far right) played alongside the great Colin Montgomerie during the third round of The Open at Royal Troon

Ryan Evans is determined to push on and ensure he is part of future major championships after a fine showing on his debut at The Open.

The Corby golfer, who is a member at Wellingborough Golf Club, made the cut at Royal Troon and went on to finish 58th to pocket a cool £15,680 for his efforts.

That came after he had finished 54th at the Scottish Open where he played alongside Martin Kaymer and Henrik Stenson, who went on to win The Open in stunning fashion.

It was a fortnight to remember for 29-year-old Evans, who came through a qualifying event at Woburn to earn his first-ever appearance at a major.

But the European Tour professional does not want to stop there.

“I just want to push on now and get myself competing with those guys regularly,” he said.

“I think being alongside such great players brought the best out of my golf.

“I know what I am capable of and I think I showed that at times over the weekend.

“It’s all about fine tuning a few things and then hopefully pushing on to play at that level more often.

“I said I had been on the putting green as a youngster pretending to hole the winning putt The Open and now I have achieved a dream by playing in a major championship.

“For my first one, it could not have gone much better.

“Of course, you want to do all you can to compete towards the top but for me to make the cut and finish in a decent position made it a great week.”

Evans admitted his Open experience was bigger he had expected.

He played alongside the legendary Colin Montgomerie on his home course in the third round to add to his incredible weekend.

“It was completely different to a standard Tour event,” Evans said.

“You are treated like kings, there are loads of people watching and the whole thing was far bigger than I expected.

“For people like me from England, The Open will always be the most prestigious of all the majors and I am delighted I got that chance to experience it.”

Evans faced an anxious wait after the second round to see if he had made the cut, which was projected to be for scores of three-over-par or better,

He bogeyed the 18th to drop to four-over but, after fearing his chance to play in the remainder of the weekend had gone, Mother Nature arrived to give him a helping hand.

He said: “I three-putted the 18th for bogey to finish four over and I thought I was going to miss the cut by one stroke.

“I was gutted about it while I was eating dinner but then the weather changed, the wind picked up and four over ended up getting me into the weekend.

“The emotions were up and down like a yo-yo during that time!”

Of the many highlights, playing alongside Montgomerie in the third round was clearly one of the best for Evans.

And the legendary Scot was more than complimentary about the Northants player while he continued his role as a Sky Sports pundit as well as playing.

“It was great playing with him, he is quite a funny character,” Evans added.

“He was telling people to stop moving around the green and in his eyeline and I really enjoyed being there with him.

“He was great fun and he was very complimentary about me and how I was playing.

“He was asking how I had been doing on the Tour and I know he had good things to say about me on the television and that’s something I really appreciate.”