Englishman Max Orrin rocketed to second place in the Road to Oman Rankings courtesy of a stellar win in tough conditions at the Made in Denmark Challenge. The 21-year-old, who won his maiden Challenge Tour title at last year’s National Bank of Oman Golf Classic, once again served notice that he is very much a star in the making by closing with a gutsy level-par 71 to win by one from Scotland’s Andrew McArthur as howling winds blew most of the players off course.
“That was as tough as I have played in – it was pretty brutal out there at times,” said Orrin who finished one over par 285 for the tournament to claim the €27,200 winner’s cheque and take his season’s earnings to €30,000.
“I finished with a seven on the last on Saturday night but I knew that if I could shoot around level par today I would have a chance. I was three behind, but the conditions were really tough so it was just one of those days where I hung in there and managed to make a score.”
Orrin has put himself in strong contention for a return to the spectacular Almouj Golf – The Wave – Muscat – the scene of the two-stroke victory in the 2014 National Bank of Oman Golf Classic which first put him in the Challenge Tour spotlight.
The event has since been elevated to become the season-ending finale known as the NBO Golf Classic Grand Final where the top 45 players in the newly coined Road to Oman Rankings will battle it out for one of 15 coveted cards for next season’s European Tour and Orrin revealed that he’ll be doing everything in his power to ensure a return to the Sultanate as he looks to take the next step in his career next season.
“To get a win so early in the season is a big positive as well,” he said. “It gives me a great chance to go and get my European Tour card through the Challenge Tour so I’ll probably be focussing on that for the rest of the season.
“Because it’s only the fourth tournament of the season and I have got myself up to the top of the Rankings early, it feels like I can have a great run at making my card so hopefully the wins and top fives can keep coming.”