Kruger retains Asian Tour card with 18th in Saudi Open

Dec 17, 2023 | Featured, South Africans abroad

Jbe’ Kruger closed with a four-under-par 67 on Sunday and ensured he’d keep his card for the 2024 season on the Asian Tour as he finished in a share of 18th in the Saudi Open presented by Public Investment Fund at Riyadh Golf Club in Saudi Arabia.

It was a bogey-free round for Kriger as he finished the week on eight-under-par, 10 strokes behind the winner. Denwit Boriboonsub of Thailand won on 18-under after a weekend of three-under on Saturday and seven-under 64 in the closing round. He won by three from Henrik Stenson, and Travis Smyth of Australia was third on 14-under.

Kruger’s effort took him to 63rd on the Asian Tour Order of Merit, with only the top 65 assured of retaining their cards. It was a quiet season in Asia for Kruger, although he did win in Japan. His best performance of the season came in February, when he finished in a share of 12th in the Saudi International, and he rounded out the year back in Saudi Arabia with his 18th last week.

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