Challenge Tour final: Jamie McLeary ‘neither up or down’

Jamie McLeary has struggled in Oman this week. Pic: Getty
Jamie McLeary has struggled in Oman this week. Pic: Getty
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JAMIE McLEARY headed into the final round of the NBO Challenge Tour Grand Final with his European Tour hopes hanging by a thread – but insisted: “I’m neither up or down

After 54 holes in the season-ending event in Oman, the Bonnyrigg-based player had slipped from 11th on the money list into the 15th and final card-winning spot.

It left him in danger of missing out on securing full status on the main circuit next season and getting to play in most of the big events.

But the 34-year-old said: “It looks like the worst I’m going to finish on the standings is 16th, which would mean I’ll play 22 events, albeit the smaller ones.

“That being the case, I would concentrate on the main circuit and not contemplate mixing events on both that and the Challenge Tour.

“So, and I know this might be hard to believe, I’m neither up or down about what happens in the final round.”

Two years ago, the Marriott Dalmahoy man finished 15th on the money-list, but that was in entirely different circumstances.

“I was the one coming from behind then,” he said of needing to finish joint-second in the Grand Final and doing so.

“I’d rather be where I am just now, to be honest. I prefer to be on the inside looking out than the opposite way around.”

Like his compatriot, Andrew McArthur is still clinging onto a card despite slipping three spots to 13th.

“It is nice to be in and I still feel I can shoot five or six-under to put me in a position where I’ll be fine,” said the former Scottish Amateur champion.

Scott Henry’s hopes of seeing the season finish with a three-strong tartan contingent in the top 15 suffered a dent as he finished bogey-bogey in the third round.

But, sitting just three shots behind five joint-leaders, the 28-year-old insisted: “I’m still in contention and I’m looking forward tomorrow as I relish in playing in that sort of pressure.”

After a strengthening wind wreaked havoc at Almouj Golf in Muscat, Henry added: “I hope it’s another day like this tomorrow as it would sort the men from the boys. It also makes it easier to jump up if you shoot a good score.”