Jason Scrivener – file photo
Perth’s Jason Scrivener finds himself in a very similar position to that he was in a week ago, needing a big weekend in the European Tour event he is playing to potentially make it to the season ending DP World Tour Championship Dubai.
Only the 50 leading players on the Race to Dubai Rankings list will advance to the event in Dubai next week and starting this week’s Nedbank Challenge Scrivener was in 59th place after a solid 21st place in Turkey.
Scrivener began the weekend in the event in Turkey just two shots off the lead and at Sun City in South Africa this week he finds himself tied for 6th place and although six shots off the lead of South Africa’s, Zander Lombard, he has advanced to 49th in the projected rankings for Dubai.
Scrivener added a second round of 60 to his opening 70 to be at least within shouting distance of Zombard who leads by two over Louis Oosthuizen.
Scott Hend is the only other Australian in the field and he now has a project Race to Dubai ranking of 53rd so he too needs an improved weekend if he is to be assured of playing next week.
New Zealander Ryan Fox is in 50th place this week and now a projected 58th in the Race to Dubai ranking and he too needs a good weekend.
Lombard has yet to win on the European Tour although a win this week in the lucrative (US$7.5 million) event would be a great way to break through.