Scrivener and Hend make Dubai finale

The winner Tommy Fleetwood – Getty Images

Perth’s Jason Scrivener has secured his biggest cheque as a professional and gained access to next week’s season ending DP World Tour Championship Dubai with an impressive share of 3rd place at the Nedbank Challenge at Sun City in South Africa.

Scrivener earned a cheque for nearly $A550,000 after his final round of 70 was completed with a stunning 30-foot swinging par saving putt at the last to share 3rd place with two others.

Scrivener began the final round with three early birdies and then held on grimly over the final 13 holes, a bogey at the 16th not enough to avoid him enjoying arguably his finest moment in the game.

The result equalled Scrivener’s previous best of 3rd in a European Tour event at the 2015 and 2018 Hong Kong Opens and at the ISPS Handa Perth International in 2016 but this week’s prizemoney was significantly above that he earned in those events and now has the opportunity to play for even more in next week’s event in Dubai.

Scrivener improved to 35th in the Race to Dubai rankings after beginning the week in 59th place and joins the field of 50 next Thursday.

“A big goal of mine at the start of the year was to get to Dubai,” said the 30 year old. “Pretty happy with that and looking forward to that.

“To be honest I haven’t had any time to really think about it. I haven’t even got the flights booked. Yeah, just going to take it as it comes. Feel like I’m playing well enough to contend and yeah, just looking forward to it.”

Australia’s Scott Hend has just scrapped in to the top 50 a birdie at his final hole today perhaps making the difference. Hend finished in 48th place this week.

The winner of the Nedbank Challenge was Tommy Fleetwood who produced three eagles in his round of 65 to force a playoff with Sweden’s Marcus Kinhult and win at the first extra hole.

Fleetwood improved eight places to second position in the Race to Dubai rankings behind Bernd Wiesberger who was one of the trio tied for 3rd place this week.

 

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