It all came down to a tight battle between James Kachel, winner of the first Playoff event, and Marcus Brake, the winner of the second Playoff event as the two five-handicappers fought tooth and nail for the top honours in the grand final of the Cadillac Golf Cup.
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At the Faldo course at Emirates Golf Club, it was Brake who emerged triumphant, but Kachel, despite finishing second in the grand final, accumulated enough points to win the overall title.
In tough scoring conditions, none of the players were able to break par, and Brake came out on top with 35 stableford points. Two gross birdies on the two par-5s on the back nine helped him get past the competition.
Kachel was tied for second place with the 13-handicapper Tuomo Hyysalo on 32 points. He had a horror finish with a couple of bogeys on the 16th and 17th holes, before making a double bogey six on the closing hole.
But it was still not bad enough to deny him the ultimate glory. Kachel finished on 3,470 points overall, 141 ahead of the second-placed Mark Dupree and 181 ahead of Petri Pentti. Brake improved to sixth place at 2,835 points.
For the final, all Cadillac Golf Cup points were reset to zero. The competition was played of 3/4th of projected course index handicaps.
Both Kachel and Brake won a spot in the pro-am of the 10th anniversary of Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship, where Cadillac are the Official Car. Felix Weller, Director of Cadillac Sales & Marketing, GM Middle East, was pleased with the response to the league and said: “We are pleased to have served as the Cadillac Golf Cup League’s title sponsor.
"At Cadillac, we opted to tie up with the competition so we could provide the UAE’s golf community with a truly premium driving experience. The Cadillac name is, after all, synonymous with power, performance and style – three cornerstones of success on the golf course.”