What a season. What a finish. Following the conclusion of the Ras Al Khaimah Challenge Tour Grand Final, we take a look at the facts and figures surrounding the European Tour’s 15 newest Members.
Four – Scotsmen earned their European Tour playing rights — a new record. Grant Forrest, Liam Johnston, David Law and Robert MacIntyre will bring youth and some serious game to the Scottish contingent in 2019.
Three – wins for Kim Koivu, the most by any player on the Challenge Tour, during the season. Astoundingly, all three trophies came in his first season as a professional.
16 – wins were recorded by the 15 graduates, including Kim Koivu’s trio of titles and Joachim B. Hansen’s and Johnston’s double successes. Impressively, Sean Crocker, Forrest and MacIntyre were able to secure the life-changing promotion without a win.
Six – of the 15 players who graduated to the European Tour only turned professional in the last 18 months.
222,319.87 – points. The amount Hansen reached as he finished as Road to Ras Al Khaimah Number One.
11 – different nationalities were represented, including four Scots and two from Finland – Koivu and Kalle Samooja.
604.09 – points was the difference between Pedro Figueiredo graduating to the European Tour or missing out. Figueiredo holed a nerve-wracking 12-foot birdie putt on the 72nd hole to edge England’s Tom Murray for the last spot.
Six – the number of top five results recorded by Arnaus and Hansen – the most by any player on the Challenge Tour this season.
39 – years old. Stuart Manley was the oldest player to graduate in 2018.
21 – years old. Jack Singh Brar was the youngest graduate from 2018, joining the group of first year professionals to earn the promotion.
Two – the number of graduates from the 2017 Great Britain and Ireland Walker Cup team – MacIntyre and Singh Brar. Along with Forrest, who was a Walker Cup winner in 2015 and Manley, who played in 2003, there are four players with Walker Cup experience joining the European Tour.
24 – under par was the lowest winning total by any graduate this year. The mark was set by Johnston at the lucrative Kazakhstan Open presented by ERG where he secured his second win of 2018.
Five – graduates finished the season inside the top 200 in the Official World Golf Rankings: Hansen (123), Arnaus (134), Victor Perez (155), Koivu (183) and Crocker (185).
A total of 🖐️ Challenge Tour players finished the 2018 season inside the top 200 of the @OWGRltd... and they're only just getting started 📈:— Challenge Tour (@Challenge_Tour) November 5, 2018
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Nine – top ten finishes from Hansen on his way to becoming Road to Ras Al Khaimah Number One, more than any other player.
Three – runner-up results for Forrest and Hansen during the season, which are also tied for the most among Challenge Tour players on the Road to Ras Al Khaimah.