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Papadatos needs special week in Challenge Tour final

This week is crucial in the career of Dimi Papadatos. (Photo: Henry Peters )
It is the time of the year when the world’s golfing tours have either ended or are coming to an end and when many players are contemplating just where their futures lie as they look at their standing on respective money lists.

One golfer whose playing future depends on just how he performs this week is New South Wales golfer, Dimi Papadatos, who will tee it up in the Ras Al Khaimah Challenge Tour Grand Final in the United Arab Emirates with a top five finish as his goal.

Papadatos is currently in 19th position in the Road to Ras Al Khaimah season-long rankings on the Challenge Tour but with only the top 15 securing European Tour starts in 2019 it will be a nerve racking week for the 27-year-old.

Earlier this year Papadatos proved his capabilities with a win in Portugal and at that point appeared as if graduation to the European Tour in 2019 was a formality.

As the season progressed, however, he has slipped down the rankings and it would now appear that a top five finish is the minimum required to force his way inside the top 15.

Even a runner-up finish and top four in other events has not been enough to retain his place in the top 15.

Papadatos is a player good enough to have won the New Zealand, Victorian and Portugal Opens in addition to the WA PGA Championship but he has struggled to get that all important status on the European Tour.

This week is, therefore, a big week for him and as the only Australian in this week's 45-man field his progress throughout the week will be watched with interest. 

INSTRUCTION: LORIEN SCOTT FROM THE FAIRWAY BUNKER

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