John Evans - an extraordinary performance at the International Pairs
Right from the time they posted their phenomenal greensomes score of 41, Amador Rodriguez and John Evans were in unstoppable form at Sant Cebria in October. The Catalan combination's 33 under par aggregate is an all-time record for the International Pairs tournament, by eight shots (the 2017 winning total at Lleida was 137)! Their 129 aggregate also trumps the previous best score produced in the event at Sant Cebria (the 138 recorded by Tommy Hanley and Kieran Earls two years ago) by nine strokes. But humility remained their watchword. "As he (Amador) teaches me, we are never over confident; (we) just (try) to do our best," is John Evans' understated reaction to that tour de force.
British native but naturalised Catalan John Evans runs a bar in Calella. That's just six kilometres from Sant Cebria. Little wonder then that he is a regular on the course - one of the first constructed in Catalonia. So is World Senior Strokeplay champion Amador Rodriguez. John feels he has profited significantly from their friendship. "We play against each other every day. We don't play 'together'. Having the world champion as my partner for six years, he has taught me the game." Amador won the 2017 Catalan Senior (Over 55) Open at Sant Cebria with close pal John in second place.
Both have a proven track record in team Pitch and Putt. Amador was victorious with Xavi Lopez at the 2011 Galician Invitational Pairs. John Evans explains the 2018 strategy he and Amador employed in compiling that 41 in greensomes and an outstanding 40 in the Sunday fourball betterball. "On my side, I play the green and Amador attacks the flag. My putts are well read by Amador."
Third in the International Pairs in 2017 with Sergi Chaves, John clearly defers to Amador when he teams up with the latter. "Simple! He the best player in the world so I listen, ha ha..."
Best non-Irish player in the 2016 Irish Open at Rocklodge, John Evans is an inveterate participant in international events. "I will try to play in most games in 2019. My favourite is Ireland but I like all."