Last year the European Challenge Tour’s Rankings formed the newly-named Road to Oman, culminating in the crucial NBO Golf Classic Grand Final in the Omani capital of Muscat, where a brand new bonus pool of €60,000 will be on offer for those who finish the season in the top three. This year the format remains.
At the all-important Grand Final, the 45 highest-ranked players will battle it out for the top 15 spots in the final Road to Oman Rankings, earning them graduation to The European Tour.
This week, Blaauw will look to further cement his place within the crucial top 15 in the standings with another consistent display at the Challenge de Madrid in Spain.
As his Road to Oman standing suggests, Blaauw’s start to the Challenge Tour’s season has been promising. At the Barclay’s Kenya Open he finished in a share of 12th place and had it not been for a third round 74, a top-10 finish would have been on the cards.
Last week, Blaauw improved on his first tournament showing, finishing in a share of fifth at the Red Sea Challenge in Egypt. Blauuw carded rounds of 66, 70, 70 and 67 to finish on 15-under-par and three back of eventual winner Jordan Smith of England.
With another solid display this week, Blaauw could take a giant leap in his 2017 European Tour playing ambitions.