Scott Drummond won a dramatic three way, sudden death play off with Frenchman Alexandre Balicki and Welshman Mark Mouland to capture the Open de Toulouse title and all but secure his place on The 2004 European Tour International Schedule as one of the top 15 European Challenge Tour players this season.
The 29 year old Scotsman picked up the second Challenge Tour title of his career at the first extra hole – the par three, 18th in what was the seventh play-off of the year on the Schedule.
After all three players had posted 19 under par totals of 269, Mouland fired his tee shot to seven feet at the first extra hole, with Balicki and Drummond with well over 25 foot putts for birdie.
The Frenchman didn’t make his putt, leaving Drummond to step up and drill his ball into the middle of the cup from 25 feet. Mouland couldn’t get his birdie, allowing Drummond to take the title and the first prize of €18,330 – that moves him from tenth to fourth on the Challenge Tour Rankings, with his season’s earnings standing at €77,170.
Drummond – who started the day with two double bogeys in his first three holes – displayed great strength of character and patience on the way to firing a fourth round 71, that supplemented earlier 18 hole totals of 66 67 and 65.
“I’m delighted to have won,” said Drummond, whose other Challenge Tour win came in France at the Open des Volcans 2001.
“I made a terrible start today, with two double bogeys in my first three holes so I certainly do it the easy way. But I’m proud of the way I got myself back into it and came good in the end.
“When we got to the play off I knew I could afford to relax a little bit because, being tenth on the Rankings, I was aware that I had won enough money to have secured my place in the top 15.
“I suppose that helped me on the winning putt because I just went for it and rolled it straight into the middle of the cup from 25 feet.
“I think I’ve done enough to have gained my card for The European Tour next season and that’s what I was aiming for at the start of the season. Now I can play the next two events before the Grand Final without any pressure at all, and I can even try and win the Rankings.”
David J Geall was the nearest man to the three leaders, finishing on 17 under par 271, with Richard McEvoy a further stroke behind on 16 under.