26th Oct 2014
Despite coming up just short of a first title of his own, it was a still a stand out week for runner-up Evans, who posted the best finish of his Challenge Tour career.
It has been an up and down few years for the man from Kent, but five birdies, an eagle and a single dropped shot on Sunday were enough to see him run Palmer as close as anyone on the last day.
Starting out the Final Swing – encompassing the closing four events of the season – the Englishman’s goal was to secure his place in the Dubai Festival City Challenge Tour Grand Final hosted by Al Badia Golf Club, but with a place in the top 45 secured, he can now turn his attentions to graduation.
“I gave it my best shot on the back nine, but I’m pleased with how I played today,” said Evans, who heads to Oman next week one place shy of the top 15. “I’ve had some good rounds here and there this season, but not really put four together. I’ve had some very good, and some not so good in the middle of the year, but I changed what I was doing hallway through and it has paid off."
“This year has been a move back in the right direction, but you’ve just got to play consistently out here. You still need to take advantage of your good weeks, but if you can finish top 20 every week you will move up eventually.
“I’m going to be pretty tired when we get to Oman tomorrow morning, but I have enjoyed China. This week we have been treated unbelievably, as good as any European Tour event I have played at. It has been great, a credit to everyone who has been involved.”