Clement Sordet lifts NBO Golf Classic Grand Final as Road to Oman's top 15 celebrate

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Winner: Sordet.

Clement Sordet waved the flag for France in Oman after keeping his cool to win the NBO Golf Classic Grand Final and secure his European Tour card for next season.

The 25-year-old had been in and around the leading pack for the first three days and timed his surge perfectly, building on his one-shot lead from Friday and never looking back.

A fourth round of 70 was his least flashy of the weekend but he stayed the course yesterday when other overnight hopefuls, such as Argentina’s Estanislao Goya and Oliver Lindell of Finland, dropped off.

Victory at Al Mouj Golf not only bagged him €71,600 but saw him come second in the Road to Oman – with the top 15 finishers graduating from the Challenge Tour and receiving a European Tour card.

“It feels great,” said Sordet, whose 15 under-par topped second-placed Swede Marcus Kinhult by two shots. “I have been playing really good lately and to finish the season with the win is amazing.

“It was definitely the the highlight of my career so far. To finish in the top 15 was my main goal at the start of the year and to finish the season second in the rankings feels great.

“I am going to take two weeks off and enjoy some time at home then I will be ready for next season.”

Despite a lowly finish in Muscat, Finn Tapio Pulkkanen topped the Road to Oman standings and earned an extra €30,000 for a superb season.

But much of the joy was reserved for the players on the fringes of the top 15 including an under-the-weather Scott Fernandez, who finished up on 12 under-par and a tie for third – good enough for 14th for the year.

“I have been fighting off a virus throughout the week but I have been able to fight through that and everything else to get the job done,” said the Spaniard. “I am thrilled as it is a dream come true. I am really excited for what comes next.”

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