Greenock’s Chris Doak yesterday retained his European Tour card for 2014, but there was not such good news for two-time Scottish Boys champion Scott Henry.
Doak continued his recent strong performances to post a top-40 result at the Perth International in Australia, thereby finishing well inside the top 110 who retain their playing privileges for next year.
In the end, Doak finished 100th overall on the Race to Dubai rankings, banking over 260,000 euros during a fine season for the former Tartan Tour player.
The west coast man, 35, finished 23rd in the Italian Open and 20th in the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship, before another solid display Down Under. “I’ve put a wee bit too much pressure on myself, so I just tried to relax,” said Doak.
Henry, however, came 120th in the standings in his rookie season. Despite a top-five finish at Gleneagles in August, the Glasgweian was unable to pocket the money needed to break into the elite group.
Needing a high finish in Australia, Henry battled to share 36th spot along with Doak on level par, and will now seek to regain his card via Qualifying School in Spain next month.
Law Chasing More Success
In-form David Law will be looking to end a run of near-misses on the Mena Tour when play begins at the Abu Dhabi Open today.
Having finished as runner-up two weeks in a row, in Dubai and Ras Al Khaimah, the two-time Scottish Amateur champion wants to go one better at Saadiyat Beach Golf Club.
“It has been a good two weeks on the tour,” said Aberdonian Law, 22, who will be heading to Barcelona for the second stage of the European Tour Qualifying School after the Abu Dhabi event.
“I’m playing really well and it would be nice if I can keep the momentum going. You have to keep knocking at the door and hope it will open.
Stewart Retains Top-15 Place
Grantown on Spey’s Duncan Stewart, a recipent of Scottish Golf Support Limited funding in 2013, is hanging onto 15th place in the Challenge Tour rankings with two events remaining.
Stewart finished in a tie for 12th at the Foshan Open in China on Sunday. The top 15 on the Challenge Tour standings earn promotion to the European Tour for next year.