Grant Forrest has jumped to seventh in the Road to Ras Al Khaimah rankings. Picture: Kenny Smith

Grant Forrest secures European Tour card

Grant Forrest has joined Liam Johnston in securing a European Tour card for 2019 after jumping to seventh in the Road to Ras Al Khaimah rankings by finishing runner-up in the Hainan Open.

Richie Ramsay has a real fight on his hands to maintain his European Tour card. Pic: Getty Images

Pressure mounts as high-profile Scots battle to retain Tour cards

Start at the top and this season’s Race to Dubai looks encouraging from a Scottish perspective. Russell Knox, after all, is sitting ninth in the standings and the fact all eight players ahead of him were involved in the recent Ryder Cup is an indication of the Invernesian having done his bit this year in flying the Saltire on the European Tour.

Stephen Gallacher lines up a putt during his final round. Picture: SNS

‘Frustrating’ final day for Stephen Gallacher in Dunhill Links

Stephen Gallacher jokingly said he was off to “break a few putters” after his hopes of a second Alfred Dunhill Links Championship victory fizzled out in a “frustrating” final round. Joint third and just three off the lead at the start of the day, the 2004 winner was still in with a shout after going out in two-under but ran up a double-bogey 6 at the tenth after having to play out backwards from a bunker and then limped home in 41.

Denmark's Lucas Bjerregaard with the trophy after winning the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship at the Old Course, St Andrews. Picture: Kenny Smith/PA Wire

Lucas Bjerregaard claims dramatic Dunhill Links victory

The Ryder Cup factor did indeed prove decisive in the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship. Just not the way we expected. In the end, Tyrrell Hatton and Tommy Fleetwood, two members of Europe’s winning team in France a week earlier, were upstaged by someone who was at Le Golf National as a spectator. Step forward Dane Lucas Bjerregaard, who battled both cold conditions and a strengthening wind to close with a five-under 67 on the Old Course at St Andrews to claim a dramatic one-shot victory.

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