"Higginbottom, Namchok earn cards for 2015"

Sun 21 Dec 2014

"Higginbottom, Namchok earn cards for 2015"

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Dubai, December 21: Australian Jake Higginbottom did not want to leave matters out of his hands after nearly losing his 2014 Asian Tour card by missing the cut in the final tournament of the season.
Entering the week at the inaugural Dubai Open in 65th place on the ranking, the 21-year-old, who won the New Zealand Open two years ago, fired a superb final round of eight-under-par 64 to finish fourth at the Els Club Dubai and jumped into 53rd place on the final Order of Merit to secure his full playing rights in 2015.
Arjun Atwal of India, who won the event by one shot, was the other player who moved into the top-60, leaping from 79th to 25th position while Thailand’s Namchok Thantipokakul sealed the last card by improving from 61st to 60th place by finishing tied 19th in Dubai.
Namchok Tantipokhakul of Thailand Namchok Tantipokhakul of Thailand
India’s Chiragh Kumar, who was 60th entering the week, missed the cut and lost his card while American Chan Kim, who was in 57th position, did not play this week and dropped out to 61st position.
Higginbottom was delighted to retain his card.
“I knew I had to go out there and go low to try to keep my card. I played well. I felt I played well all week but just couldn’t get anything into the hole. It was nice to hole a few putts today which was good. The course is great and you must go for everything. It’s either back to Qschool or not, so I had nothing to lose,” said the Aussie.
“I felt I played pretty well all year. It’s been good.”
Korea’s Mo shot two eagles in his final round of 69 to finish tied 11th which left him in 62nd position on the final rankings.
“I won’t go back to Qschool if I’m not top-60,” said the Korean, who will rely on his country exemption next season which offers limited starts.
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