Clément Sordet wasn’t expecting any invitation to play the high end Rolex Trophy. He was seating 65th out of the invitations extended to the top 37 players of the Challenge Tour Race to Oman order of merit on August 6th. His dream like any well informed pro was to be part of Rolex Trophy sooner than later. But cruising to his third European Challenge Tour title in Norway, he found the last ultimate way to get the most awaited sms…
By carding a final round of 67, he won the inaugural edition of the Viking Challenge by five shots. Heavy rain earlier in the week had caused the competition to be reduced to 54 holes, with the final round at Miklagard Golf taking place on Sunday. He began the day with a share of the lead, but after four birdies in his first six holes, the Frenchman moved into a commanding position that he would not relinquish.
The 24 year old did see his lead reduced to two after making a double bogey on the par four 14th. But after consecutive birdies on the 15th and 16th, Sordet went into the final two holes with a four-shot cushion to get a Win meaning a tee time in this week’s Rolex Trophy. “I am delighted to get that invitation”, he said. “I was supposed to go to Denmark and play on the European Tour next week but now I have already changed my flight program so I can travel to Geneva”.“It feels amazing. I played unbelievably all week. I got a tough break on 14 but then I made back-to-back birdies. It was great to be able to bounce back like that. I putted so well and I made pretty much everything today for a very good five under.”
“It was different to my other wins today. I was leading by three with three to play. I’ve never been in that position before, so I didn’t know whether I should just lay up or not on the par five 16th. In the end I decided to go for it, as I had been playing well all day, and I made a nice birdie. After that I was sure that I was going to win. I am averaging one victory a year now! I made a very slow start to the season so to get a win is very important. It is a long season though and after this week anything can happen.”
With victory in Norway, Sordet rises up 49 places and is now 14th on the 2017 Road to Oman. TheTop15 at the end of the season move up to the 2018 European Tour. Also making moves up the Rankings are Charlie Ford (ENG), Daan Huizing (NED) and Jack Doherty (SCO) who all finished five shots behind Sordet in second place. ETC/PPH