Jason Scrivener will forgo the defence of his New South Wales Open crown this week after playing his way into the second week of the European Tour finals series at the Turkish Airlines Open.
When the NSW Open tees off at Twin Creeks Golf & Country Club on Thursday morning, Scrivener will be at the Gary Player Country Club in South Africa for the Nedbank Challenge, reward for his top-25 finish at the Turkish Airlines Open and move to 78th in the Race to Dubai standings.
Englishman Justin Rose moved back to the top of the Official World Golf Ranking with a successful defence of his Turkish Airlines Open title, defeating China’s Haotong Li with a par at the first playoff hole after the pair finished locked at 17-under after 72 holes.
Entering the week 90th on the Order of Merit, Scrivener needed a good week in order to advance to Nedbank and did plenty of the heavy lifting in the first 36 holes, going bogey-free to be eight-under at the halfway mark.
An eagle at the par-5 12th on Saturday gave a timely boost to a third round of one-under 70 and despite bogeys on two of his first four holes on Sunday, the West Australian recovered to shoot 71 for a tie for 23rd and an extra week on the schedule.
As Scrivener fell 11 spots on the leaderboard in the final round, Kiwi Ryan Fox moved up 14 spots courtesy of a round of 67 that featured six birdies and one double-bogey. Fox is now 18th in the Race to Dubai rankings.
Lucas Herbert’s spectacular season in Europe looks set to continue all the way to the DP World Tour Championship in Dubai after he closed out the Turkish Airlines Open with a two-under 69 to finish tied for 35th, now 40th in the Race to Dubai heading to South Africa.
Wade Ormsby’s tie for 47th in Turkey moved him to 47th in the Order of Merit but Scott Hend’s season in Europe has come to a close after he finished tied for 68th.