Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship

Tommy’s honour as Buchanan bows out in style

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.”



Kent Gray

Editor of Golf Digest Middle East. Has written about golf since 1989 and owned a suspect short game even longer.

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