Jason Day’s first three-putt of the week came at the first extra hole to hand Billy Horschel his first win since the 2014 Tour Championship. Horschel’s last four starts had finished in four missed cuts but he was back in the winner’s circle after a closing 69...
Challenge Tour: NBO Golf Classic Grand Final – Bernd Ritthammer
The German made it three wins in 2016 to finish second on the money list but Jordan Smith’s tie for 17th was enough to give him the Road to Oman Rankings title, just a year after topping the EuroPro money list.
Ritthammer parred the last six holes for a 69 and 18 under winning total to beat Jens Dantorp (65) who was left to rue a closing bogey – the Swede would have secured his European Tour card had he won.
France’s Adrien Saddier was the unlucky man, finishing 17th and less than 1,000 Euros short of a card. Saddier also crucially bogeyed the last so the top 16 who began the week incredibly finished in the prize positions.
What Ritthammer said: “I actually struggled quite a bit, especially with my long game, but I lost a bit of confidence on the back nine.
“My putting saved me out there, I was able to scramble well and made some crucial putts, and I am just so happy to have got it done – it’s important, it gives me a slightly higher ranking than I would have had without the win, which might be crucial to get into some bigger events next season.
“I knew Jens needed to win because I played with him in the last two rounds, so when I saw him climbing the leaderboard I knew what was happening for him and I feel really sorry for him because he had a great week and he would have deserved to win and to graduate.”