Jason Scrivener – file photo
Jason Scrivener has recorded his best European Tour finish and earned, by some margin, his biggest cheque in golf with a runner-up finish at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship.
Scrivener finished four shots behind the winner, Tyrell Hatton but one ahead of the third placed Rory McIlroy and in the process has earned $US750,000 which surpasses his previous best by some $US400,000
The South African born but Perth raised 31-year-old produced the equal best final round of 66 (matched only by the winner) but it was his finishing burst of 29 over the closing nine which was the standout.
1 over through 9 holes after a rollercoaster opening nine, Scrivener began his onslaught with an eagle at the 10th and added five more birdies to all but secure second position 30 minutes ahead of the final group.
Currently ranked 219 in the world the result, the strength of this week’s field will see Scrivener make a massive jump in the rankings and may even challenge his previous best of 125. Update now has him at 114th.
Scrivener suggested after his round that Englishman David Alred had played a key role in the improvement in mindset on the golf course and in his preparation and paid credit to the work he has been doing with him.
Alred has been a performance coach for a number of leading players including Luke Donald and Francesco Molinari and has worked with several Australians including Brad Kennedy who swears by his effectiveness
“Yeah, he’s been a game changer for me.” said Scrivener. “We sat down probably two months before Christmas at the end of my season last year, and he’s really helped me a lot and pushed me that bit extra to work harder.”
Scrivener was delighted with the manner he overcame a very ordinary front nine.
“Yeah, I don’t know, I was in my own little world. My caddie and I just kind of kept plodding away. Wasn’t a good start, made a few soft bogeys, and then just kind of stuck with it and yeah, 29 on the back, which was pretty nice.”
For Hatton, the victory was his 4th in the last 18 months, one of those the Arnold Palmer Invitational on the PGA Tour. He is currently ranked 9th in the world but this win will improve that further.
Australian Wade Ormsby also enjoyed a good week when he finished 12th.