Calum Hill takes the positives from double top 10 in Kenya

Calum Hill narrowly missed out on his maiden win on the European Tour but admitted he relished the challenge of contending on Sunday afternoon.

Wednesday, 31st March 2021, 12:34 pm
Calum Hill recorded back to back top 10 finishes on the European Tour's double header in Kenya. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)

Calum, from Kinross, missed out on a place in the play-offs at the end of the fourth day at the Kenya Savannah Classic by just one stroke after Jazz Janewattananond and Daniel Van Tonder tied for the lead on -21.

Van Tonder would go on to win the tournament in a play-off with Hill settling for a tie for third with England’s Sam Horsfield.

There were times during the Sunday when Calum shared the lead over a final 18 when nobody could kick clear.

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Despite the obvious disappointment of missing out on the win, the 26-year-old was able to draw on the positives of both last week’s event and the Magical Kenya Open, played the week before over the same course, when Calum also scored a top 10 place.

He said: “It was a very good week and I played really nice, it was good work.

"All aspects of my game were pretty solid.

"I didn’t really do too well in the first two rounds, but the final two rounds were great.

"There were lots of positives from the weekend.”

Golf fans were glued to the edge of their seats on Sunday as Hill, Van Tonder, Janewattananond, Horsfield and fellow Scot David Drysdale all battled for the victory at the Karen Country Club.

The slightest error was capitalised on by others in the field, and Calum admits he loved the pressure.

“It’s fantastic; Danny and I had a great battle going throughout the day.

Lots of fun, lots of birdies, a bit of a salty way to finish it.

"Sometimes it goes your way, sometimes you’re a bit heavy handed on the chip.

“I really liked this course.

"Everything about it is a lot of fun.

"It’s a golf course that tests a bit of everything.

You have to hit it very straight, control your distances into the greens, they are undulated, the kikuyu around the greens is tricky to chip from. It tests everything.”

The European Tour resumes at the Austrian Golf Open on April 15.