David Drysdale determined to play in ‘Final Series’

David Drysdale. Picture: Jane Barlow

David Drysdale. Picture: Jane Barlow

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DRAINED David Drysdale is ready to go the extra 6000 miles in his fight to make the European Tour’s lucrative ‘Final Series’.

The 40-year-old Cockburnspath man came off the course at Woburn after the final round of the British Masters admitting he felt “pretty shattered”.

Drysdale, who made a miraculous recovery from a calf muscle tear to tee up in the Dunhill Links, didn’t really have any problems walking on firm fairways at Carnoustie, Kingsbarns and St Andrews.

But, as he followed up a splendid top-ten finish in that by making the cut in this event, soft underfoot conditions at the Bedfordshire venue proved energy-sapping.

“It was a tough weekend for me in particular,” admitted Drysdale after signing off with a 71 to finish joint-64th on two-over-par in an event won by Matt Fitzpatrick. “I just couldn’t get anything going in the final two rounds and had real problems getting the ball to the hole due to greens becoming slow.”

Drysdale now moves on to this week’s Portugal Masters and also intends to play in the Hong Kong Open immediately after that.

“I see that the top 85 in the Race to Dubai gets into the Turkish Airlines Open,” he said of the first of four “Final Series” events.

“So, even though I’ll probably drop down a couple of spots from 96th after this week, I’m still not far away.

“I probably shouldn’t go to Hong Kong, but I love that event so I will play there as well to give myself the best chance possible to make Turkey.”