Challenge, second title for Garrick Porteous

Played at the Al Ain Equestrian, Shooting & Golf Club (par 70) in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Gregorio De Leo finished 38th with a score of 268 (68 64 69 67, -12)

by Andrea Gussoni
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Challenge, second title for Garrick Porteous
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English golfer Garrick Porteous secured his second Challenge Tour title by winning the Abu Dhabi Challenge with a total score of 256 (66 63 64 63, -24), edging out Frenchman Alexander Levy by one stroke, who finished second with 257 (-23), and Danish player Nicolai Kristensen by two strokes, who finished third with 258 (-22).

Challenge Tour, results

Played at the Al Ain Equestrian, Shooting & Golf Club (par 70) in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Gregorio De Leo finished 38th with a score of 268 (68 64 69 67, -12), while Aron Zemmer finished 55th with a score of 273 (70 66 68 69, -7).

Both players maintained their positions after the third round. 34-year-old Porteous from Colchester clinched his second Challenge Tour victory seven years after his first win at the Prague Golf Challenge in 2017, adding to his accolades that include a victory on the PGA EuroPro Tour.

Throughout his career, he has also competed in three Major tournaments but has always missed the cut. Starting the final round tied for the lead alongside Levy and South African Wilco Nienaber, who later dropped out to finish alongside De Leo with a 75 (+5), Porteous emerged victorious in the head-to-head battle with a flawless 63 (-7, seven birdies, no bogeys), while Levy settled for a 64 (-6, eight birdies, two bogeys).

Levy, who moved to the Challenge Tour after spending years on the main circuit, where he secured five victories, aims to return quickly to the top level. His second-place finish represents a significant step forward, placing him high in the Road To Mallorca rankings, which at the end of the season will grant the top 20 players entry to the DP World Tour 2025.

Danish player Nicolai Kristensen, who was at the top after the first two rounds, tried to contend for the title but ultimately finished third with 258 (-22). In fourth place with 260 (-20) were South African Oliver Bekker, Scotsman Euan Walker, and Irishman Conor Purcell, followed by Danish player Rasmus Neergaard Petersen, Englishman Bradley Bawden, and Frenchman Felix Mory in seventh place with 261 (-19).

Unfortunately, the third Italian in the competition, Pietro Bovari, missed the cut and finished 120th with 141 (72 69, +1). Porteous received a prize of €45,148 out of a total prize pool of approximately €275,000 (officially $300,000).

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