Five Scots set to tee up in season-ending DP World Tour Championship in Dubai

Scotland is set to have a five-strong representation in the European Tour’s season-ending DP World Tour Championship in Dubai.

Connor Syme in action in the South African Open at Gary Player CC. Picture: Richard Heathcote/Getty Images
Connor Syme in action in the South African Open at Gary Player CC. Picture: Richard Heathcote/Getty Images

Bob MacIntyre and Marc Warren are definitely in the 60-strong field for the Rolex Series event, which starts on Thursday, after finishing the regular phase of the season sitting

22nd and 52nd respectively in the Race to Dubai on the back of wins in the Cyprus Showdown and Austrian Open respectively.

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With the cut-off on this occasion set to fall somewhere in the 70s on the standings, they are almost certainly going to be joined by compatriots Connor Syme, Grant Forrest and Scott Jamieson as they sit 67th, 68th and 69th respectively.

It was mission accomplished for Forrest on Saturday as he closed with a superb 63 to finish sixth in the inaugural Golf in Dubai Championship presented by DP World.

Twenty-four hours later, Syme and Jamieson also secured their spots alongside the likes of Patrick Reed and Jon Rahm after finishing 10th and 32nd respectively in the South African Open.

“It was definitely a big performance and it’s never easy not knowing where the situation lies, so I played well and did what I had to do,” said Syme after signing off with a 71 for a six-under total at Gary Player Country Club in Sun City.

“We knew at the start of the lockdown we would always be keeping our tour cards for next year, but I’ve still got a lot to play for next week as I try and finish the season as high up the rankings as possible.”

South African Christiaan Bezuidenhout is heading for Dubai on a high after winning his home Open by five shots, making it back-to-back wins in the process after he also landed the Alfred Dunhill Championship at Leopard Creek seven days earlier.

“It feels amazing,” said Bezuidenhout, who finished with an 18-under 280 total, well clear of second-placed Jamie Donaldson from Wales.

“To stand here as the SA Open champion is unbelievable. This is massive for me. It’s always been a dream and I wasn’t sure when, or if, I would achieve it.

In their final events of the season, Calum Hill and David Law finished 14th and 25th respectively.

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