Scotland’s David Drysdale reached an historic milestone at this week’s Hero Open, the second occasion on the European Tour’s UK Swing, because the veteran teed it up in his 500th match on the European Tour.
The 45-year-old joins an elite membership in changing into simply the 43rd participant in European Tour historical past to achieve 500 appearances.
Drysdale, whose spouse Vickie travels with him as his caddie, made his debut on the tour in 1999 on the Scottish PGA Championship, and following the expertise of a full season on the Problem Tour in 2001, earned his European Tour card for the primary time by way of Qualifying Faculty later that yr.
That might be his first of 4 profitable journeys to the European Tour’s Q-Faculty, whereas he graduated by way of the Problem Tour in 2004 following a season which yielded his maiden skilled victory on the season-ending Grand Closing.
His second Problem Tour victory got here on the 2006 Peugeot Problem in Spain, throughout a season which he cut up between the European Tour and the Problem Tour.
Drysdale’s greatest marketing campaign undoubtedly got here in 2008, when he completed 48th within the Race to Dubai, his highest profession end. He additionally rose to develop into the highest-ranked Scot within the Official World Golf Rating throughout that season, in addition to representing his nation on the World Cup alongside Alastair Forsyth.
He has had many shut calls in his chase for a maiden European Tour victory, none extra so than on the Industrial Financial institution Qatar Masters in March of this yr, the place he was crushed by Jorge Campillo on the fifth play-off gap.
Drysdale stated: “It’s type of unusual to achieve this milestone, it means I’m getting outdated I assume. 500 occasions is hard to get your head spherical. I don’t assume I’ll catch Miguel, he’s bought the document right this moment. However I’ll preserve enjoying so long as I keep match, a few extra years I hope.
“I’m very proud. It has been 20 years of travelling the world and enjoying golf. It isn’t one thing you got down to obtain if you begin enjoying professionally to play 500 occasions on the European Tour, however it’s a incredible achievement and I hope for a lot of extra.
“She has helped me massively and has been on the bag now for 4 seasons. Vicky did journey with me a great few years earlier than she began caddying. You understand what Scots could be like, being just a little bit unfavorable, however she is so upbeat and optimistic on a regular basis and he or she has been incredible the final couple of years.”
Keith Pelley, Chief Govt of the European Tour, stated: “Many congratulations to David on reaching such a big milestone on the European Tour. Whenever you consider the 1000’s of gamers who’ve competed on the European Tour over the previous 48 years, to be solely the 43rd to achieve 500 appearances is a really outstanding achievement. It’s testomony to his consistency and one thing of which he needs to be rightly proud.”