Archer shows United how it’s done

John Letters Tour player Phillip Archer is celebrating after a season-best third place finish in the European Tour’s ‘Made in Denmark’ event – on the same weekend his beloved Manchester United slumped to a shocking opening day defeat.

Archer, a John Letters staff player who plays JL Master Model irons and woods and JL Grind wedges, bagged a top three finish and a cheque for €93,900, after finishing five shots behind winner Marc Warren.

After a consistent run of scores over the first three days – two one-under par 70s on the opening two days, followed by a level-par 71 on Saturday – Archer shot a final round 69 to rise from a three-way tie for fifth at the start of the day, to a podium finish.

The result means that Archer, who has been playing the bulk of his golf on the Challenge Tour this year, is now in with a great chance of earning his full European Tour card for next season.

He currently sits in 140th place on the Road to Dubai, despite playing just six European Tour events so far in 2014.

The top 125 in the rankings automatically secure their card for the following season, meaning Archer is likely to require just one more decent result to guarantee his playing privileges for next year.

Archer, a huge Manchester United fan, was happy to have something to celebrate on the golf course, after the Red Devils’ shock home defeat to Swansea on the opening day of the Premier League season.

Archer, 42, said: “I had a great week and I’m really happy with my golf at the moment. I’m swinging the club well, and if I’m doing that, I know I can always rely on the John Letters clubs in my bag to do the rest.

“As a United fan, it was a disappointing weekend – to lose at home to Swansea was a shock, and hopefully not an indicator of how the rest of the season will be.

“On the other hand, I hope I can take a lot of confidence from how I performed this week, and finish the season really strongly now.”