Scotland hopes to retain Dubai Creek Open

A fired-up Zane Scotland is relishing the opportunity to defend his title at the Dubai Creek Open and consolidate his early gains when the Mena Golf Tour resumes after a six-month summer break today.

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Published: Mon 23 Sep 2013, 2:50 PM

Last updated: Sat 4 Apr 2015, 9:11 AM

The Englishman took a relaxed attitude to the opening two events of the tour held in Morocco in March and it paid off as he produced an impressive performance to seize the early lead in the Order of Merit standings.

Enjoying the Moroccan voyage, Scotland opened with an emphatic victory at Royal Golf Dar Es Salam Open in Rabat and followed it up with a tied second-place finish in Royal Golf D’Anfa Open in Mohammedia, near Casablanca, to take his earnings from the two events to $14,000.

The former European Tour player, who was recently named a ‘golf in DUBAi’ brand ambassador, had his chances to make it two in a row, but narrowly lost to Stephen Dodd of Wales in a three-way playoff which also featured his compatriot Ian Keenan in Mohammedia.

“I entered the first two events on the Mena Golf Tour with no expectations in terms of results since I was playing for the first time in a competition after the Omega Dubai Desert Classic in February,” said Scotland.

“There are a plenty of quality players on the tour and the script could well change when the second and final leg of the tour gets under way at Dubai Creek,” said Scotland.

The 31-year-old Englishman showed great strength of character in getting the job done in superb when he held off a late change from experienced Stephen Dodd to win the Dubai Creek Open, the opening event on the 2012 Mena Golf Tour schedule.

“It feels fantastic coming back to a course where you have done well. It adds to the confidence, but it’s a new week and you’ve got to make sure you keep doing everything you need to do to continue with that success,” said Scotland, who is a good $1,794 ahead of Dodd, the defending Mena Tour Order of Merit champion.

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