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Dodd okay with slow and steady revival

The Welshman is confident his fine start to the Mena Tour can provide the catalyst to reigniting his career.

Stephen Dodd finished runner-up at Dubai but was happy with the bigger picture.
Stephen Dodd finished runner-up at Dubai but was happy with the bigger picture.

DUBAI // Stephen Dodd is confident his fine start to the Mena Tour can provide the catalyst to reigniting his career.

The Welshman, a three-time winner on the European Tour, finished runner-up to Zane Scotland at Dubai Creek yesterday, carding a final round two-under par 69 to seal the US$6,000 (Dh22,000) cheque for second place.

Dodd has suffered an alarming dip in form following standout seasons in 2005 and 2006, in which time he collected a trio of titles and finished second to Ernie Els at the Dubai Desert Classic.

However, the 46 year old lost his card last year, prompting his participation in the Mena Tour as he looks to get his game in shape for Tour School in November.

"Take that away, I played really well this week and have every reason to feel satisfied," Dodd said when asked about the double-bogey on 13, which effectively ended his challenge.

"Though I am still nowhere near my best, I am getting slowly and steadily there.

"I've been injured a lot this year so haven't played a huge amount of golf. Six tournaments last year were nowhere near enough. That is why these next six weeks are so important for me."

Dodd was two shots adrift of Scotland, with Mohammed Munir, the Pakistan No 3, one stroke further back on five-under par.

"I was very much in the mix when I eagled 10 and picked up a shot on 13," said Munir after his final round 69.

"But a couple of three putts, especially on the 18th, did not help my case. However, it was still a good start to the tour."

 

jmcauley@thenational.ae

 

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