Scott Hend, Andrew Dodt and New Zealand’s Ryan Fox reap the rewards for a year of good play this week when they are among the 60 European Tour players to contest the season ending DP World Championship in Dubai.
Qualifying for the Tour’s Grand Finale is an impressive achievement and while none of the trio can claim the ultimate crown all will be well rewarded this week.
Both Fox and Dodt make their debut in the tournament while Hend tees up for the third time at a course where he is yet to find his comfort zone.
His first appearance in 2015 yielded a T56 result and while he improved last year to T40 he has played far from his best at the Jumeirah Estate course.
However, the big hitting Queenslander is a streaky player whose form can turn at any time and after a disappointing run in his last five starts this could be the week.
Hend is capable of some stunning scoring when his confidence is high and on a course that should suit his style of play his results to date are somewhat a mystery.
Also looking for a turnaround is New Zealander Fox who will be disappointed with his results since the European Masters in September.
A top-10 there suggested he would make a strong run home but that has failed to materialise with three missed cuts and a series of mid-field finishes.
Like Hend, Fox is a long hitter and plays aggressively which is a combination that should succeed at this course if he can find a rhythm.
Dodt is the polar opposite in style to his fellow Australasians but has proved in recent years his understated style of precision golf is effective.
Twice a European Tour winner, Dodt elevated his game in some of the Tour’s biggest events this year and his position in the top 60 earners is well earned.
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