Starting day two on 3-under par, three shots back from the overnight leaders White knew he would have to fire a low round to stay in contention. In breezy conditions he got off to the worst possible start and was 3-over par through his first six holes and chances of victory looked to have slipped away. Demonstrating his typical grit and resilience, Josh however had other ideas reeling off eight birdies in his last twelve holes to eventually win by two shots from the chasing pack.
Josh was sidelined for much of 2017 with a niggling injury. Now fully fit he is determined to make up for lost time and has made a terrific start to the year. Only three weeks ago he took a bold decision to travel to the Middle East in an attempt to qualify for next week’s Commercial Bank Qatar Masters on the European Tour. There was just one spot available in the Qatar Open, one that White calmly collected en route to a two shot victory over his professional rivals.
Following his round yesterday, a delighted White said “It was windy out there today but after a bad start I just kept grinding away and got on a bit of a run. Having qualified for Qatar, I only decided to come out to the Algarve on Saturday to get some tournament practice before next week. To win is a real bonus and great for my confidence.”
Josh will now head to back to the Middle East where he has tasted plenty of success in the past as a former winner of the MENA Tour Order of Merit. We wish him the best of luck and look forward to seeing him in the winners circle again soon.
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