Jordan Smith secures Road to Oman rankings title
Jordan Smith topped off an incredible season on the European Challenge Tour by clinching the Road to Oman rankings title at the season’s final event, the NBO Grand Final. A T17 finish in Oman was enough to give the Challenge Tour rookie the coveted title, just one year after winning the PGA Euro Pro Tour Order of Merit in 2015. His success this year means that Smith will be continuing his rapid progress as he heads to the European Tour in 2017.
Heading into the weekend in pole position, Smith knew that a solid result would ensure that neither Ryan Fox, Alexander Knappe or Sam Walker could overtake him at the summit of the leader board. The Wiltshire-based golfer’s success one week earlier at the RAK Golf Challenge ensured that Jordan entered the weekend with his fate in his own hands.
A four-under par first round meant that the week started in positive fashion for Smith as he was tied in fifth going into the second day. His first round was backed up by a further three-under par round on the second day which left him well-placed going into the latter half of the week.
A level par third round, coupled with a late surge from fellow title challenger Ryan Fox led to a few nerves ahead of the final’s day play. Luckily for Smith, Bernd Ritthammer was enjoying a storming week at the top of the leader board. This meant that when Jordan sunk his final putt on the eighteenth, his celebrations could begin in earnest.
Only eight months after arriving onto Europe’s top development tour as an Order of Merit champion – having topped the EuroPro Tour’s rankings in 2015 – Smith carried on his winning habit in only his second event of the year in Egypt.
With seven top-ten finishes across the year and more than €200,000 earned in prize money, the man from Bath joins an illustrious list of previous Rankings winners which includes Henrik Stenson, Edoardo Molinari and Andrew Johnston.
Duncan Maxim, Head of Golf at MB Partners, was delighted that Jordan had managed to end the year on top of the pile – a result he feels is truly deserved, having led the rankings for 15 of the 26 weeks of the season.
"What an incredible year for Jordan. One that has been fully deserved after leading the Road to Oman for majority of the season. Since he was an amateur, we always knew that he was a very talented player and winning the Europro in 2015 confirmed our thoughts. We had expected him to take a year to settle into the Challenge tour, but I believe due to him playing a few European/Challenge Tour events over the course of 2014/15, he already knew his game was in a solid place and what he needed to do. To go back-to-back OOM is a phenomenal feat and we are all looking forward to him testing his skills against the best players in the world on a weekly basis."
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