Wednesday, October 30, 2013


Duncan Stewart is chasing The 
European Tour dream this week 
as the Scot enters the European 
Challenge Tour’s season-ending 
Dubai Festival City Challenge 
Tour Grand Final hosted by Al 
Badia Golf Club in need of a 
strong finish to claim one of the 
15 cards available.
The cream of the 2013 Challenge 
Tour crop descend upon the 
splendid Al Badia Golf Club by InterContinental this week as they 
battle it out to finish top 15 in the Rankings and seal graduation to 
The 2014 Race to Dubai.
While everybody in the field has a chance of achieving the feat this 
week, including compatriots Andrew McArthur and Jamie 
McLeary, Stewart is one of those within touching distance as he sits 
two places outside the cut-off point in 17th - the highest-placed Scot.
The Grantown-on-Spey man is relishing the challenge, and is 
just hoping he can put his fate in his own hands and not have to 
worry about the performance of others around him in the 
“It might depend on what other people do,” said the 29 year 
old who played alongside Russell Knox on the US college circuit for 
four successful years as a student at Jacksonville University, Florida. 
"But I would say I need to finish top six or seven to have a 
chance. It's not going to be easy because you’ve got 44 players out 
there  who have been playing well all year, so I'd imagine the 
scoring will be quite good but if I can go out there and just be in 
contention and  treat it like just another week, hopefully at the end it 
will be enough.
“I probably know the course better than anybody else that’s played 
it because I've played here eight times before I even arrived this 
week. I played two mini-tour events here in the past year and one of 
those was just a few weeks ago.
“I know the course and I've played in all kind of conditions so I've 
got a slight advantage there. I just have to go out and play well.
“You never know in this game, you just have to see what happens 
but I'm playing well. I played really well the first day last week but I 
was disappointed with the weekend.
“There’s no reason why I can’t go out here this week and get a high 
finish. The goal for me for most of the season was just to get this 
tournament but obviously after Kazakhstan the goals shifted slightly. 
I’ll be disappointed if I don’t finish top 15 but in the bigger 
picture, it’s been a really good season.
“A win is all that’s lacking this year to be honest and that’s the 
hardest thing to do out here. There are not many guys have won but 
I just need to see how things go this week.”
Italian Andrea Pavan, a former winner of the Grand Final, sits atop 
the Rankings heading into the season-ender, but he will not be 
sitting easy as a number of ambitious young guns and experienced 
older heads attempt to steal his thunder and finish top of the pile.




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