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Wilson surges in RAK Challenge rankings
October 12, 2018
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Ras Al Khaimah: Englishman Oliver Wilson took a huge step towards securing European Tour playing privileges for next season after moving into the top 15 of the Road to Ras Khaimah with his second European Challenge Tour win of the season at the Monaghan Irish Challenge.

The Ras Al Khaimah Challenge Tour Grand Final is now only three weeks away and the top 45 players on the Road to Ras Al Khaimah Rankings will go head-to-head at Al Hamra Golf Club from Oct. 31 to Nov. 3 in a bid to secure one of the 15 coveted European Tour cards available for next season which are awarded to the top 15 players in the Rankings following the conclusion of play.

“I’m feeling pretty pumped after that,” said Wilson after his triumph at Concra Wood Golf Club. “It was hard work out there and a proper grind. We knew it was going to be tough and there was strong cross-winds everywhere.

“I was delighted to come through it and I could’ve made it easier for myself but instead made it a little tricky when I was coming down the stretch. This course is such a good test that I had to keep hitting good shots and I managed to do that, and it wasn’t too stressful coming up the last.

“My par save on 11 was pretty big. I hit a lovely shot in, but it went through the wind and I missed it long, which was a disastrous miss, but I managed to get up and down. That felt pretty big to keep the momentum going. I played nice after that and had a chance on the par five, but played reasonably solid coming in, missing just a few putts on a couple of greens. Overall, in those conditions, I played really well.”

The 38 year old, who was part of Ryder Cup Team Europe in 2008, started the final round one shot off leader Niklas Lemke but immediately surged ahead with three birdies in his opening four holes. Wilson bogeyed the fifth to drop back level with Lemke, but the Swedish Challenge hosted by Robert Karlsson champion got ahead once again after picking up his fourth shot of the afternoon on the seventh before adding another on the par five 15th.

A bogey on the 16th left him two shots ahead of clubhouse leader Marco Iten, with Lemke falling back after a double bogey on the same hole.

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