Jason Scrivener has charged home in the final round of the Dubai Desert Classic to claim top Australasian honours and his first top-10 of the year.
With seven birdies against a lone bogey, the West Australian jumped 29 places up the leaderboard on Sunday to finish T6 in an uncharacteristically low scoring tournament.
Scrivener’s 72-hole total of 16-under matched his lowest score in relation to par since he joined the European Tour in 2015 but was seven behind winner Li Haotong of China who beat home Rory McIlroy by one.
Sam Brazel was next best of the Australasians, two shots behind Scrivener, but with the bunched nature of the leaderboard that meant he was 16 places further down the standings at T22.
Andrew Dodt had a disappointing final round after a promising start to the tournament where he held the lead at one stage on day two.
Starting on the 10th tee on Friday, Dodt was 5-under through his opening nine holes with three birdies and an eagle and picked up a sixth shot of the day at his 11th.
But he lost momentum with a bogey at his 14th then tumbled down the standings with a double at his final hole of the day, the 9th.
Dodt eventually signed for scores of 67-69-68-71 to be 13-under and T29.
Scott Hend and Brett Rumford were both 11-under and T37, the last of the Australasians to qualify for the weekend after the cut fell at 5-under-par.
The low scoring was a source of some controversy with Spain’s Pablo Larrazabal suggesting on Twitter the course set up was too easy.
Wade Ormsby and Ryan Fox were among those who might agree, Ormsby firing rounds of 72-69 to be 3-under and Ryan Fox with back to back 71’s to also be in red figures but both missing the weekend.
Jason Norris and Marcus Fraser were both over par through 36 holes, Fraser earning a special mention from the European Tour for his assessment of his opening round.
The Tour awarded Fraser ‘Best sarcastic Tweet of the year so far’ for this post round effort:
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