14th March 2017
Duncan Stewart may not have made the cut at last week’s Hero Indian Open but he returned to Scotland as one of the week’s happier players. A hole-in-one at the 178-yard par-three fifth meant that the Scotsman ended the week driving home in a brand-new BMW M3!
At an event where only seven of the field carded under-par scores for the week, Duncan was, like many others, fighting to make the cut midway through his second round. Approaching the par-five on six-over-par, the 32-year-old was hovering around the cut and knew that he needed a big-final push if he were to progress into the second half of the week.
Using a six-iron, it was at the fifth where Stewart holed out from the tee marking the first and only ace of the week, and with it earning himself a brand-new BMW – even if he didn’t realise until he had got to the green!
“The round wasn’t going great until then and it was a real surprise. I didn’t celebrate straight away as I wasn’t sure if the car was available in second round or not. But once I got to the green, I was told the news and was over the moon.”
The achievement provided one of the high-points of a week where players toiled away on one of the most difficult courses to grace the European Tour circuit. A difficult back-nine followed for the Scot as he eventually missed the cut by a single-shot. A disappointment that was tempered by what he was able take home with him.
“I am absolutely delighted to win the BMW M3 as it’s a car I have always liked. It certainly was a nice, little bonus especially after missing the cut by one.”
The achievement evidences the improved form Stewart has been displaying in recent weeks. Finishing in the top-fifteen of the 2016 Road to Oman, this year marks his first full season on Europe’s premier golfing tour and the Scotsman has enjoyed strong performances in recent weeks – most notably with a T18 finish at the Tshwane Open.
Stewart enjoys a well-deserved break over the next few weeks after what has been a jam-packed period for the likeable Scot. Having concluded his Challenge Tour season in early November, the 32-year-old headed to Australia to represent Scotland in the World Cup of Gold before getting his European Tour campaign underway just a week later.
Now with a four-week break before heading into the Trophee Hassan II in Morocco, Stewart has plenty of time to get out on the road.