Justin Rose soared back to the top of the world rankings after edging out Haotong Li in a thrilling finish at the Turkish Airlines Open.
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.”