Jordan ends debut European Tour season on a high
Jordan Smith concluded a memorable debut season on the European Tour this weekend as he finished in T25 at the DP World Tour Championship to end the year placed in 24th on the Race to Dubai standings.
Jordan headed to Dubai on the back of a difficult two weeks as he battled glandular fever that forced him to withdraw from the Nedbank Golf Challenge in South Africa last time out.
Starting his week at the Jumeriah Golf Estates, Jordan got off to a tricky start in the Rolex Series event as he carded a three-over par opening round. Back to full fitness and determined to finish his 2017 season on a high note, Jordan had a storming second round in Dubai as he recorded a five-under par score to move inside the week’s top thirty.
A steady third day saw Jordan deliver a one-under par round that kept him towards the top of the order heading into the final round of the season! Going out with a bang, Jordan had an outstanding final day; playing some of the best golf he had all season, carding a bogey-free six-under par final round to end the DP World Tour Championship in T25 to pick up 74,117 Race to Dubai points.
Jordan’s phenomenal maiden year saw the 25-year old finish 2017 with one win at the Porsche European Open, five top-ten finishes and making the cut 25 times from 31 events on his way to 1,290,602 Race to Dubai points – ending the year in 24th on the Order of Merit!
Jordan shared his thoughts on the final tournament of the year and thanked his team for an amazing debut season.
“After two weeks of feeling like hell it was nice to be back to full fitness and out on the golf course! I started the week a little slow but found my rhythm on the second day which really helped me just relax and enjoy it. Sunday was one of my strongest finishes to a tournament, after going bogey-free, so it was a lovely way to end 2017!”
“My debut year on the European Tour has been amazing! There have been some moments that I’ll remember for a long time and I couldn’t have done any of this without the support of the team I have around me! They’ve helped me develop so much over the last few years and I couldn’t thank them enough. I can’t wait to get going again for next year!”
Duncan Maxim, Head of Golf, was delighted to see Jordan finish the year on a high note and is looking forward to what next year has in store.
“Jordan had a great week in Dubai after battling back from glandular fever. Jordan showed his toughness as he had to deal with three weeks of busy travelling while fighting his illness. After making the correct decision to pull out of the Nedbank Challenge, Jordan rested up and prepared for Dubai which definitely paid out later in the week.”
“Jordan fought back from a shaky first round and just got better and better as the week went on. His final round was some of the best golf he had played all year and it was the perfect way to end an incredible debut season. To finish 24th on the order of merit, be a European Tour winner and to play your first major two years after winning the EuroPro tour is unprecedented and Jordan is as hungry as ever to keep on improving!”
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