Richard Finch battled through the 2013 Race to Dubai and had to return to European Tour qualifying school last month. Determined to make a comeback, the two-time European Tour winner headed to the Alfred Dunhill Championship looking for a big result.
“I’ve been going down a few steps in the last couple of years and it would be nice to move one step up the ladder. I’ve taken a lot away from my pay over the last few days and hopefully I’ll end the week on a high note,” he said.
He tees off in the final match on Sunday and has every opportunity to cash in, but one man stands between him and the leopard trophy – the impervious Charl Schwartzel, who leads on 13-under and has two wins and four second-place finishes at the Dunhill Championship.
“I’ll try my best and see what I can do, but I can’t control what Charl does,” said Finch. “If he goes round in 65 then that’s that, so I’ll go out to play my own game and try to post the best score I can.”
The 36-year-old put together a Saturday 67 and moved to 11-under-par ahead of the final round. Self-belief is beginning to show in the jovial Englishman and he could surprise himself on Sunday at Leopard Creek.
“Confidence is not at an all-time high and these last few days have helped. I’m in a position now where hopefully I can move in an upward direction,” he said.
For the fans it’s a treat to have European stars trying to catch Schwartzel on Sunday. Finch is the man leading the pack.
“You’ve really got to hit good shots, and that’s why it’s an exciting course to play and to watch,” said Finch. “The course really accentuates the shots that you hit. It’s a fun, enjoyable, exciting course to play and I think everyone watching will enjoy it as well.”