Friday, 10 November 2017
Oliver Lindell  (Getty Images)
Oliver Lindell (Getty Images)

Oliver Lindell is eager to bounce back at Qualifying School Final Stage after narrowly missing out on a European Tour card at the NBO Golf Classic Grand Final last week.

The young Finn went into the final round of the Challenge Tour’s Grand Final one shot behind France’s Clément Sordet knowing that a top-two finish would secure him a place in the top 15 – who became European Tour Members for 2018 last Saturday.

After a closing 77 the 19 year old slipped down the leaderboard, though, eventually finishing tied 11th in Muscat.   

One week on from experiencing that disappointment Lindell is determined to end 2017 on a high by claiming one of the 25 European Tour cards on offer in Tarragona.

“If someone had asked me if I would take 11th at the end of the week I would have taken it,” he said. “But the way it came, by playing badly in the last round, was not nice.

“I didn’t play well when the wind was up. I putted really poorly on the last day – I was too shy with anything from around four foot.

“My goal at the start of the season was to finish in the top 70 so overall it has been a great year. I have one more chance this week so let’s see what happens.”

Lindell arrives at Lumine Golf Club with an enviable record. The teenager has finished no lower than tied 11th in his three starts at the Spanish venue, where he has excelled on the Hills Course in particular – finishing in the top five during his two appearances there.

 “I have been here many times,” he said. “I played in a lot of tournaments here for the national team but also on the Nordic Golf League Winter Series.

“It is always tricky here because of the wind. If you’re playing on either the Hills or the Lakes Course the wind can really get up – so they are not the easiest.

“But I have had a lot of experience playing here so hopefully I will have a head start on everyone else.”

Many of the 156 competitors will find the six rounds gruelling this week, but not Lindell.

Oliver Lindell

Having started military service in his native Finland last month Lindell faces a six-month block of intense physical training when the season finishes – a thought that is motivating him to make the most of his final opportunity of the year.  

“I haven’t even thought about what happens after Q-School,” he said. “We get 45 days for practice over the six months and I have nearly used my quota up.

“It has been a good experience so far but there are ups and downs. You have to run a lot but then you get to try new things like shooting.

“You have to be in a good mental state when you go there. If you think it is going to be a bad experience then it is going to be a bad experience but if you go there in a good frame of mind then you can make the most of it.”  

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