THE current European Tour season is only three events old but it’s unheralded Queenslander Andrew Dodt who sits atop the Race to Dubai points list.
Dodt finished 145th on the 2015/16 money list and would have lost his card if it weren’t for his win the previous season at the Asian Tour co-sanctioned True Thailand Classic.
That victory secured him full exemption on the European Tour until the end of this current 2016/17 season.
Dodt’s runner-up finish at December’s Australian PGA and third-placed finish behind countryman Sam Brazel at the UBS Hong Kong Open have given him season earnings of €222,423.
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The 30-year-old's bid for a fourth career win and third European Tour title in Hong Kong came unstuck at the 72nd hole. Dodt - who ultimately would have needed a birdie to get into a playoff with Brazel - found trees from the tee and closed with a bogey.
Dodt is all but assured of keeping his card beyond the current season but would be setting himself a more optimistic goal than simply survival.
At the very least, he would be hoping to improve upon his previous best season of 70th on the 2010 money list.
Some strong finishes in 2017 would also give the golfing public a closer look at Dodt's relaxed manner off the course.
After jumping to an opening round lead at the Australian PGA, Dodt declared his intentions for that afternoon were not to practise, but rather return to his apartment and unwind by enjoying a few rum & colas on his balcony.
Here's cheers to a big 2017 for Andred Dodt.
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