NBO Golf Classic Grand Final promises fireworks
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
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.