Drysdale Drains Four-Footer At 90th Hole To Secure Asian Tour Card

Scotland’s David Drysdale has brilliantly secured his 2023 Asian Tour card, holing a four-foot birdie putt at the 90th hole on day five and the final round of the Asian Tour Q-School.

Drysdale entered qualifying after the disappointment of losing his DP World Tour card at the end of the 2022 season, and while he would have been afforded a limited number of starts this year, he and caddying wife, Vicky discussed the matter and decided to give the Asian Tour a shot.

And after rounds 69, 69, 68, 73 and a closing 67, where he landed a superb gap-wedge second at the par-4 ninth hole, that he was playing as his last to just four-feet, Drysdale stepped-up to hole the birdie putt.

It was among six birdies over his closing round that officially handed the proud Scot 29th place, and with leading 35 now exempt for the 2023 Asian Tour season.

As Drysdale pointed out in GolfByTourMiss & the Daily Record messaging congratulations, it’s been a gruelling end to 2022 and an equally start to the New Year.

It meant playing five rounds of DP World Tour qualifying in Spain and the after the Christmas/New Year break heading to Asia for what was nine rounds over two stages, including this past week’s final five-rounder at the magnificent Lake View club course laid out along the Gulf of Thailand to the south-east of Bangkok.

“Vicky and I are both really happy after playing nine rounds of golf in the two stages,” he said.

“It’s brilliant to win through for him to earn his Asian Tour card, so we’re naturally delighted.  It’s been a gruelling spell but the goal in coming out here to Thailand was to earn my card, so it’s mission accomplished.

“I played really well today, in the pretty hot conditions as you get out here, so to produce a good round like I did, and under a little bit of pressure as I was, is very rewarding.

“It’s going to make the flight back home to Scotland that much more comfortable”.

It’s uncertain what events Drysdale will qualify but then he’s been no stranger to competing in Asia, teeing-up many times when the DP World Tour enjoyed good co-sanctioning arrangement with the Asian Tour.

“It would be nice to teeing-up next fortnight in the Saudi Invitational but the Tour entry list is restricted to the leading 3o from last year’s order of merit though looking at the schedule it’s pretty full on from the end of next month right through to the end of the year.  So, there is going to be a lot of playing opportunities.

“What we’ll do now is head back home and look at our options but it’s a nice option to have.

Indeed as Drysdale lost his DP World Tour playing rights meaning he is going to have to rely on invitations however, given his

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