David Drysdale secures card and £61,000 in Dunhill

David Drysdale . Photo by Ian Walton, Getty Images

David Drysdale . Photo by Ian Walton, Getty Images

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DOGGED David Drysdale reckons his enforced 10-day rest due to an injury was just what the doctor ordered, writes Martin Dempster.

The 40-year-old ffrom Cockburnspath finished joint-ninth in the £3.3 million Alfred Dunhill Links Championship at St Andrews – nine days after he had been on crutches.

Drysdale tore his right calf muscle getting out of a bunker in the Italian Open just over a fortnight ago and needed a wheelchair at two airports on his way home from Monza.

But, fighting for survival on the European Tour, he won a race against the clock to tee it up in the lucrative pro-am and gained his reward with a pay-day worth around £61,000.

That lifted him 25 spots to 96th in the Race to Dubai, effectively securing his card for another season. “Maybe the rest I had to take as I was getting treatment has helped me,” admitted the former Dunbar assistant pro after signing off with a 68 for a 14-under total – four behind the winner, Dane Thorbjorn Olesen.

“Italy was my fifth tournament in a row. I was tired and that’s probably why the injury happened.

“Apart from getting physio and wandering about in the sea, I’ve done nothing.”

Bathgate’s Stephen Gallacher finished joint 19th, his best result since he was third in Dubai in February.