Saturday, October 29, 2016

David Law, Duncan Stewart have disappointing final day

Four late birdies give Jordan Smith second 

Challenge Tour win of 2016

A dramatic late surge on the back nine gave Jordan Smith a second European Challenge Tour win of the year at the Ras Al Khaimah 2016 Golf Challenge and secured him the Road to Oman top spot heading into the season finale.
The Englishman made four birdies in five holes to take a one-shot lead down the last hole at Al Hamra Golf Club, Muscat in Oman and a safe par meant the 23-year-old edged José-Filipe Lima into second place with a final-round 66 and an overall total of 20 under par.
The win returns Smith to Number One spot in the Rankings – meaning his caddie will wear a golden bib at the NBO Golf Classic Grand Final next week – and Smith was delighted to match his early- season victory in Egypt with another trophy in similarly hot conditions.
“I’m over the moon to be honest, really happy,” he said. “I missed the last two cuts but I knew my game was there or thereabouts and I actually played really well last Friday in China so I wasn’t far away.
“I just came out this week and relaxed, took my mind of things, and gave it my all, and it all paid off today – the course suited my eye and I really enjoyed it, and of course I’m delighted with the end result.
“It feels very similar to that win in Egypt – Ras Al Khaimah and this course remind me a lot of that week, which is probably a good thing. I sweat just as much as anybody else but the heat seems to suit me.
“I did something similar a year ago, winning late to win the Order of Merit on the EuroPro Tour, and I’m really targeting that top spot in the Road to Oman Rankings now.
"I got my caddie the gold bib for next week at least, so that’s the first job done and he’s happy about that!
“I think we’re going to go into Dubai tonight to celebrate a bit, have a few drinks I’m sure
“I definitely want to win the Rankings but I’m just going to go out there in Oman, not think about it too much about finishing on top, I’m just going to go out there and play my game.
“To be honest I never expected a year as good as this one so early into my Challenge Tour career. I knew my game was in the right shape to compete and that win early on just boosted my confidence and it’s gone pretty well since!”
Lima’s outstanding weekend rounds of 66 and 65 took the Portuguese player into outright second and lifted him into the top 16 of the Rankings at the timeliest moment of the year, with European Tour cards decided in seven days’ time.
Former Dubai resident Johan Edfors was right at home as he closed with a 67 to take third place on 17 under par, with his fellow Swede Marcus Kinhult and Spaniard Pedro Oriol sharing fourth place to secure top 70 spots on the Road to Oman and secure their Challenge Tour status for next season.
 SCOTWATCH: David Law and Duncan Stewart had a disappointing final day which saw both of them drop out of the top 10. Aberdonian Law finished T11 with a fourth-round 72 for a 13-under-par aggregate of 275 after earlier scores of 68, 69 and 66. He earned 5,706 euros.
Stewart earned 2,758 euros for a share of 24th place after a last-round 75 sent him tumbling down the list of final totals. The Grantown on Spey man's earlir rounds were 68, 69, 66 and 75 for 278. 
Grant Forrest closed with a par 72 which, in a low scoring tournament like this one, meant he too lost ground and earned a lesser payslip than he would have done if he had scored in the 60s today. The Craigielaw man earned 2,187 euros.
Scott Henry from Cardross also totalled 279 with rounds of 66, 73, 70 and 70.

par 288 (4x72)
268 J L Smith (Eng) 69 66 67 66 (50,722 euros)
269 J-F Lima (Por) 71 67 66 65 (34,871 euros)
271 J Edfors (Swe) 68 66 70 67 (22,191 euos)

275 D Law 68 69 77 82 (T11) (5,706 euros)
278 D Stewart 68 68 66 75 (T24) (2,758 euros)
279 G Forrest 67 71 69 72, S Henry 66 73 70 70 (T32) (2,187 euros each).





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