Calum Hill returns to top of Challenge Tour rankings

Calum Hill is heading into the season-ending Grand Final in Mallorca next week back at the top of the Challenge Tour rankings.

After leading the way in the Order of Merit title battle since winning twice in quick succession in the summer, the 24-year-old had slipped to fourth with just two events remaining.

But Calum is in pole position again following a splendid performance in the Foshan Open, the final regular event of the campaign on the second-tier circuit, in China.

Signing off with five straight birdies for an 18-under-par total at Foshan Golf Club, he finished third behind home pair Zheng-kai Bai and Zecheng Dou in the last regular event of the campaign.It was Calum’s eighth top-10 finish of the season, leaving him exactly where he wanted to be in the Road to Mallorca heading into next week’s Grand Final as it visits Club de Golf Alcanada for the first time.

“At the beginning of the year, the biggest accomplishment you can achieve (minus winning three times and gaining an early promotion) is finishing first on the Order of Merit,” said Calum, who is attached to Gleneagles Hotel. “It means you have bested, over the course of a year, all your peers/competitors.

“Being in that position, heading into the final event of the year is all I can ask for. It gives me the best possible opportunity to finish on top of the Challenge Tour in 2019.”

Calum’s latest eye-catching effort has also seen him jump 14 spots to 110th in the world rankings, having been just inside the top 400 at the end of last year.

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