Became used to dramatic, often agonising, finishes to the season with near misses in 2003, 2005 and 2006, and a sudden-death play-off win at the 2004 Challenge Tour Grand Final to secure his return to The European Tour. The 2005 season was most frustrating as he failed to keep his playing privileges by just €586 and then missed out by a single shot at the Qualifying School Final Stage. Won his card at the School in 2007 and 2008, but since 2009 has enjoyed a far less nail-biting time. Finished 48th in The Race to Dubai in 2009 with six top tens, 73rd in 2010, 104th in 2011 and 58th in 2012, when the highlight was a tie for third place in the Joburg Open. Found himself drawing upon all of his survival instincts in 2014 to produce a brilliant performance at the Perth International to secure his card at the last counting event of the season to finish in the all-important top 110. Drysdale finished fourth in Perth to retain his playing privileges. Started playing golf at the age of 12 and at 17 experienced playing in The 121st Open Championship at Muirfield, where he acted as a marker for Roger Chapman and John Daly over the final two rounds.