Saturday, November 02, 2013


Andrew McArthur launched himself 

into contention for European Tour 

graduation and the title at the Dubai 

Festival City Challenge 
Tour Grand Final hosted by Al Badia 

Golf Club thanks to a four under par 

third round of 68, leaving him five off 

the lead in tied third.

The Glaswegian knows he needs a win 

or a very high finish if he is to make an 

eleventh hour climb into the Challenge 

Tour Rankings' top 15 and earn a place 
in The 2014 Race to Dubai.

With so much at stake, McArthur decided to take a more aggressive 
approach midway through the day after a slow start and it paid 
dividends as he soared to a five under par back nine including a run of three birdies in a row from the 12th and followed by a 
back-to-back birdie finish.

“I knew I needed something low,” said the 34 year old. “I think 
I need to finish third on my own to have a chance so obviously I 
need to keep trying to make birdies.

“I got off to a dodgy start and then played decent after that. 
Halfway through the back nine yesterday and at the start today I 
didn’t feel like I was swinging it well but then I hit a good shot at 
eight and played nicely after that.

“I was being defensive on the front nine and playing away from pins 
because I didn’t feel like I was swinging it well. I was just being 
overcautious, then I hit one good shot and continued that.

“I don’t know if I was thinking about it too much at the start today 
but I wasn’t hitting good shots.

“It will be very exciting tomorrow. I know what I need to do so I 
just have to see if I can do it. There will obviously be a bit of 
pressure but I need to focus on the shots and not the situation, that’s 
the key, but it’s easier said than done.

“I have always looked at leaderboards. I honestly think that people 
who say they don’t look at leaderboards kid themselves. I’ll see 
what I can do. Hopefully I can get off to a quick start and try get in 
the mix.

“At the end of the day you want to win the tournament but 
obviously there’s a secondary thing for me there. But if I try 
and win the tournament I've got a better chance of making my 
card so that will be the goal.”

Meanwhile, Shiv Kapur is on course for a second European 
Challenge Tour title and a return to The European Tour after the 
Indian roared into a four shot lead in a thrilling third day.

Incredibly, the 31 year old was four shots off the lead stepping on to 
the eighth tee after two early bogeys left him two over for the day, 
but an eagle at the easy par five paired with a double bogey for his 
playing partner and leader Andrea Pavan turned the tournament on 
its head.

Suddenly, the momentum was with Kapur and he took full 
advantage, carding three birdies on the way back including one at 
the last to sign for a five under par 67 and move four clear of the 
field on 14 under par.

The New Delhi man, however, will have no room for error as 
Dutchman Wil Besseling is in second place knowing only a win will 
be enough to secure his path to The European Tour.

A shot further back alongside McArthur at nine under par is 
compatriot Jamie McLeary, who also needs a strong finish in Dubai 
to have any chance of making the top 15.


  Par 216 (3x72)

202 S Kapur (Ind) 69 66 67

206 W Besseling  (Ned) 70 68 68

207 J McLeary  (Sco) 68 70 69, A Pavan (Ita) 66 66 75, A McArthur  (Sco) 70 69 68, J Lima  (Por) 70 66 71

208 S Manley (Wal) 73 67 68, R Davies (Wal) 69 69 70,

209 T Nørret (Den) 71 69 69, O Wilson (Eng) 71 67 71, J Guerrier  (Fra) 69 69 71

210 B Paolini (USA) 66 77 67, T Hatton (Eng) 69 67 74, J Carlsson (Swe) 68 70 72

211 S Tiley (Eng) 73 65 73, J Huldahl (Den) 73 72 66, J Elson  (Eng) 72 71 68

212 J Garcia Pinto (Esp) 71 70 71, A Gee  (Eng) 73 69 70, N Lemke (Swe) 70 73 69

213 N Elvira  (Esp) 70 68 75, E Dubois (Fra) 68 72 73

215 P Archer (Eng) 74 72 69, J Fahrbring (Swe) 73 71 71, B An (SKor) 74 71 70, R Kakko  (Fin) 73 71 71

216 S Kim (Kor) 73 69 74, T Sluiter  (Ned) 70 71 75, D Stewart (Sco) 72 68 76, B Ritthammer (Ger) 74 69 73

217 A Otaegui  (Esp) 69 78 70, R Dinwiddie  (Eng) 76 72 69, S Walker (Eng) 77 68 72, L Bjerregaard  (Den) 73 77 67

219 D Gaunt (Aus) 72 72 75, L Kennedy  (Eng) 68 78 73, D Frittelli (RSA) 72 76 71, J Dantorp (Swe) 70 73 76

220 M Crespi  (Ita) 73 73 74

221 A Domingo (Esp) 77 74 70, D Huizing (Ned) 76 73 72

222 D Im (USA) 74 76 72

223 V Riu  (Fra) 72 72 79

225 F Calmels  (Fra) 72 78 75


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