Wade Ormsby – file photo

South Australian Wade Ormsby has finished runner-up at the Asian Tour’s Saudi Open in Riyadh and although finishing seven shots behind the winner, John Catlin of the USA, the 44-year-old earns US$110,000 and improves to 8th on the Asian Tour Order of Merit for 2024.

Ormsby acknowledged the emphatic win of Catlin and is looking forward to next week’s Liv Tour event in his hometown of Adelaide.

“John had a big lead, it was difficult, you just want to go out and play as well as you can,” he said.

“I played great, probably one little blemish on number five. There were a couple of potential tiny openings there, but he closed the door straight away.

“I am really happy with the way I played. First week after 10 years with a new caddie, Mike, so it’s nice to get off on the right foot.

“I am really happy to be playing well again. I hit a lot of good shots out there today. Next week is going to be amazing at LIV Adelaide, that’s where I am from, it’s a golf course I grew up around, so I am looking forward to that.”

Ormsby will attend the LIV Golf event as a reserve player having played several events Liv Golf events in 2022.

Scott Hend was unable to capitalise on a promising position through 36 holes when just one off the lead, but finished in a share of 8th place while Queenslander Maverick Antcliff was the next best of the Australians in a share of 14th place.


Asian Tour Order of Merit