Two events remain before the end of the European Challenge Tour season and Jake Roos ranks 10th on the Order of Merit. The top 15 get full playing privileges on the 2015 European Tour and one last push will secure his card.
This week the European feeder tour heads to the Middle East for the National Bank of Oman Classic and plenty is at stake. The season-ending contingent of four events carry large prize funds and this week the kitty is $330,000.
Every player on the Challenge Tour will be looking to make the top 15 and secure a 2015 spot on the second largest tour in the world, so Roos will need to be on his game.
It’s a pressure situation, but the 34-year-old has always played his best golf when squeezed to do so. His first five victories on the Sunshine Tour all came from playoffs.
This year he opened the Challenge Tour season with a victory at the Barclays Kenya Open and won again at the Aegean Airlines Challenge in July. Those wins will be the foundation upon which Roos’ confidence is built.
Added his good form is the extra boost he’ll get from celebrating his birthday some eight days ago. A settled father and husband, Roos has come of age in the last two years and is a few steps away from Europe 2015.
After this week the Challenge Tour hosts its Grand Final, a tournament where Justin Walters secured his spot on the 2014 European Tour with a birdie at the 18th. The South African went on to become the Challenge Tour graduate of the year, rising through the ranks just like Henrik Stenson and Martin Kaymer did once upon a time.
Now it’s time for Roos to do the same and the way he’s played this season leaves no doubt that he’ll bring his A-game to Oman.