NBO Golf Clas­sic Grand Fi­nal prom­ises fire­works

Times of Oman - - SPORTS -

MUS­CAT: With the dust set­tling on the Ras Al Khaimah 2017 Golf Chal­lenge, all eyes turn to Mus­cat as the Road to Oman enters its fi­nal stage at the sea­son-end­ing NBO Golf Clas­sic Grand Fi­nal where the stakes couldn’t be higher.

The event, hosted at the stun­ning Greg Nor­man-de­signed Al­mouj Golf, marks the end of an­other ex­cit­ing Chal­lenge Tour sea­son where the top 45 play­ers on the Road to Oman Rank­ings will jos­tle for a place in the top 15 and a golden op­por­tu­nity of pro­mo­tion to the Euro­pean Tour.

Af­ter his dra­matic vic­tory in the Ras Al Khaimah 2017 Golf Chal­lenge, Den­mark’s Jens Dan­torp cat­a­pulted from 48th to 13th in the Road to Oman Rank­ings and in with a very re­al­is­tic chance of a spot on Euro­pean golf ’s top tier next sea­son.

“This win will surely spur me to keep go­ing and per­form well,” said Dan­torp. “I love Mus­cat and I am aim­ing to en­joy my­self there, and I look for­ward for an­other great week to get that elu­sive Euro­pean Tour card.”

Run­ner-up Adrian Meronk of Poland may have missed out in a play-off for the Ras Al Khaimah 2017 Golf Chal­lenge ti­tle but he will be happy with his over­all per­for­mance and also his move­ment in the Road to Oman Rank­ings as he jumped from 79th to 33th to book his place in the field at the NBO Golf Clas­sic Grand Fi­nal.

“I’m slightly dis­ap­pointed not to win the Ras Al Khaimah 2017 Golf Chal­lenge as I was so close, but I have to look at the pos­i­tives as I have booked my place at the Grand Fi­nal,” said Meronk. “Now I still have a chance to get pro­moted to the Euro­pean Tour and I’m more than ready for the Road to Oman cli­max.”

Fin­land’s Ta­pi­oPulkka­nen re­mains at the sum­mit of the Road to Oman Rank­ings af­ter a great sea­son where he won the Kaza­khstan Open and fin­ished sec­ond in three events (Turk­ish Air­lines Chal­lenge, D+D REAL Czech Chal­lenge and Hainan Open). Full story @ time­so­fo­man.com/sports

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UL­TI­MATE DES­TI­NA­TION: A file photo dated Novem­ber 5, 2016 shows Jor­dan Smith of Eng­land pos­ing with the Road to Oman Rank­ings Tro­phy at Al­mouj Golf.

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