Tuesday, 04 December 2018
Adri Arnaus with the Ras Al Khaimah Challenge Tour Grand Final trophy  (Getty Images)
Adri Arnaus with the Ras Al Khaimah Challenge Tour Grand Final trophy (Getty Images)

Adri Arnaus took to life on the European Challenge Tour like a duck to water, showing remarkable consistency in a rookie season that saw him finish in second place on the Road to Ras Al Khaimah.

Having only turned professional at the end of last year, the two-time Alps Tour champion – who became the only amateur to win the satellite tour’s Order of Merit in 2017 – made an immediate impact on the Challenge Tour.

The 24 year old pocketed his first Challenge Tour cheque in his third start, on home soil at the Challenge de España by way of a tied 34th place finish, which began a run of 19 made cuts in his remaining 20 starts.

The numbers from those final 20 tournaments are phenomenal: 15 top 20s, 12 top 15s, eight top tens, six top fives, three podium finishes and, saving his best for last, a win at the season-ending Ras Al Khaimah Challenge Tour Grand Final.

There were close calls all season, like at the D+D REAL Czech Challenge in May, where he finished in a tie for third, and the Swedish Challenge hosted by Robert Karlsson, where a final round 73 derailed his title hopes.

He also came close at the Cordon Golf Open in August, where he led after 36 holes but ultimately failed to keep pace with eventual winner Jack Singh Brar.

After a tied fourth place finish at the Hainan Open, and with only two events remaining, the former Spanish Amateur champion faced the looming possibility of a winless season.

But he was not to be denied, and on the 72nd hole of the Grand Final, buried a four-foot birdie putt on to win by one shot and write the fairytale ending to his first campaign as a professional.

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