By Kent Gray
Tom Buchanan didn’t make the weekend but will take memories of a lifetime away from his scarcely believable European Tour debut.
The 38-year-old Al Ain Equestrian, Shooting & Golf Club head pro signed off the week of his golfing life with a 75 on Friday to finish +5, seven shots shy of the halfway cut.
He flirted with the unthinkable midway through his second round with three birdies in a four hole stretch but not even the double bogey that finally snuffed out his chances could dampen the big Scot’s joy.
Buchanan anticipated feeling a bit dusty after a celebratory afternoon on the Falcon terrace. So, when you do clear your head and draw breath on the week, what will be the key memories?
“Aye, a sore head and an empty wallet [laughs] probably,” he joked before getting a little more serious. “I think the reception at 18 last night [Thursday] was memorable. Then when I actually hit one out the middle again at hole four [yesterday] and knocked it in for a two and that got a huge roar and that got me back to level for the day. Yeah, I mean it was great, [playing partners] Paul Waring and Ricardo Gouveia have been gentlemen. Absolutely helped me round and got me settled. It’s been amazing.”