Frenchman Edouard Dubois completed a near flawless performance at the Scottish Hydro Challenge over the Macdonald Spey Valley Golf Course to take the title and the €35,200 first prize that rocketed him to the top of the Challenge Tour Rankings.
Dubois’ victory, his second Challenge Tour win in the space of just three weeks, was remarkable given the fact that he literally made just one mistake over the course of 72 holes, with his only bogey of the week coming at the extremely difficult 12th hole during his final round 69.
If the Frenchman can win a third title this season he will win instant promotion to The European Tour.
“It is an amazing feeling to win again so soon,” smiled Dubois as he clutched the Scottish Hydro Challenge Trophy and the cheque that boosted his season’s earnings to €66,803.
“To win twice in the space of three weeks is fantastic and now I will try to win my third event so that I can go automatically to The European Tour. If I cannot win the third title then I will try to get enough good results to win the Challenge Tour, that would also be very nice.
“I know that the last person to win three times on the Challenge Tour was Edoardo Molinari and that is something for me to try and follow. I might not make the next Ryder Cup Team the way that Edoardo did last year but if I can follow him to The European Tour I will be happy!”
While Dubois hoisted the winner’s trophy high, Scotland’s Chris Doak was awarded with the Douglas Brodie Lowe Memorial Trophy, a new award for the leading Scotsman in the field that will become an annual feature of the tournament in memory of the Herald Newspaper correspondent who passed away earlier this year after a short illness.
Doak, who finished the week on eight under par and in a tie for eighth place, was presented with the trophy by Douglas’s son, Stewart, and sister, Alison.
Photo caption: Edouard Dubois, winner of the Scottish Hydro Challenge at the Macdonald Spey Valley Golf Course in Aviemore, Scotland, poses with the trophy ©Getty Images
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