Golf: Drysdale has top-five Turkey berth on agenda

David Drysdale has failed to capitalise on making 21 cuts in 29 events. Picture: JANE BARLOW. Tiger Woods, below
David Drysdale has failed to capitalise on making 21 cuts in 29 events. Picture: JANE BARLOW. Tiger Woods, below
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DAVID DRYSDALE reckons he should have walked into next week’s European Tour Championship in Dubai.

But, if he misses out on the season-ending event, the former Dunbar assistant pro will dust himself down and waste no time starting all over again.

ANTALYA, TURKEY - NOVEMBER 06:  Tiger Woods of the USA speaking during his media conference as a preview for the 2013 Turkish Airlines Open on the Montgomerie Maxx Royal Course on November 6, 2013 in Antalya, Turkey.  (Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images)

ANTALYA, TURKEY - NOVEMBER 06: Tiger Woods of the USA speaking during his media conference as a preview for the 2013 Turkish Airlines Open on the Montgomerie Maxx Royal Course on November 6, 2013 in Antalya, Turkey. (Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images)

Drysdale, a frequent visiter to the dreaded Qualifying School earlier in his career, has comfortably held on to his coveted card for the fifth season running. However, having made 21 cuts in 28 events this year, the 38-year-old is disappointed to have headed into the £4.3 million Turkish Airlines Open starting today sitting 76th in the Race to Dubai.

It means he probably needed to record a top-five finish in an event being headlined by world No. 1 Tiger Woods to progress to the DP World Tour Championship in Dubai.

“The amount of cuts I’ve made this year I should definitely be walking into next week,” said Drysdale, who lives near Cockburnspath. “I’ve just not done well enough over the weekend in events. For instance, I made the cut in the BMW International Open, then Irish, French and Scottish Opens – all big events – yet I’ll guarantee you it isn’t possible to make less Euros than I did in that stretch.

“After a five-week break when I didn’t get into The Open, I then had a top-ten in the Johnnie Walker Championship at Gleneagles but, other than that, I’ve been finishing in the 30s or 40s.

“It means I need a big one – top-five probably – to get into Dubai.”

Drysdale’s best season so far was in 2009, when he finished second in the Andalucia Open and third in the Joburg Open to claim 48th spot on the money list.

He’s knocked on the door again a couple of times in the Joburg Open and is already looking forward to starting his 2014 campaign in South Africa later this month.

“It’s been a disappointing year, but, at the same time, I feel comfortable playing out here,” said the two-times Challenge Tour winner.

“I’ve not had to go back to the Q School since 2008 and don’t plan on going back anytime soon.

“Fearing about losing my card has never been a problem for a few years now and that’s pleasing.

“I think I’ve got my card at Q School more than I haven’t, so I suppose that helps you become battle hardened.

“But I haven’t even sniffed winning a tournament this year. I’ve been throwing doubles in from nowhere at times.

“I’m not normally that good after a long break, but it has been proven recently, with my technique getting better, it takes me less time to get back into things.

“I’ve played 28 events this year, which isn’t that much really when you think the schedule started last December, but maybe looking at playing less might be an idea.

“I’d love to win a decent tournament and take some time off, but, when that’s not the case, you’ve got to get your card sewn up as quickly as possible.”