Delpodio delivers on home turf to boost Road to Oman hopes
October 6, 2015 | 5:11 PM
by Times News Service

Muscat: Matteo Delpodio coped with the extreme weather conditions in front of his home crowd in Rome to lift the EMC Challenge Open trophy and enter the final weeks of the Road to Oman full of confidence for the big event.

There were only two players who finished under par in Italy which proves how tough it was. Englishman Gary Boyd was the runner-up on two-under, cementing his spot in the top 10 in The Road to Oman. However, it was Delpodio who stole the headlines with an astonishing five-under finish.

The 30 year old received a winner’s cheque for €28,800 which took him into the top 40 on The Road to Oman with €39,129 in prize money earnings. This should be enough to guarantee his spot in the European Challenge Tour’s season-ending NBO Golf Classic Grand Final that takes place here in Oman at the spectacular Almouj Golf from November 4 to November 7. The top 45 players on the Road to Oman qualify to compete.

The Italian was ecstatic with his triumph in front of his home fans.

“It’s an unbelievable feeling,” Delpodio said. “I’ve been waiting so long for this moment and to have a victory here in Italy, in Rome, is just a dream come true, a fantastic moment.”

National Bank of Oman Golf Classic defending champion, Max Orrin, will be upbeat that his form is steadily improving with the 2015 NBO Golf Classic Grand Final just around the corner. The Englishman finished in joint-tenth position on two-over par to earn himself € 3,780 and lift him up to 23rd in The Road to Oman.

If the 21 year old can perform as heroically as he did at Almouj Golf last year, there are huge rewards up for grabs. Not only is there a share of the €375,000 prize fund on offer, there’s also the chance to win the most prestigious title of the Challenge Tour season.

The top 15 players on the Road to Oman Rankings following the conclusion of the season-ending event will earn their playing cards to play on next season’s European Tour International Schedule.

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