Papadatos runner-up in Czech Republic

Dimi Papadatos has narrowly missed claiming a European Challenge Tour title finishing a stroke short of the eventual winner Germany’s Marcel Schneider at the Kaskada Golf Challenge in the Czech Republic.

Papadatos finished at 15-under-par with rounds of 70-67-65-67 for his best result this season in Europe. He claimed his first Challenge Tour victory back in 2018 at the 56˚ Open de Portugal at Morgado Golf Resort and currently sits 30th on the Challenge Tour Order of Merit.

Marcel Schneider Tournament winner Marcel Schneider (Credit: European Tour)

Papadatos turned professional in late 2012. He won his first professional event at the New Zealand Open on the PGA Tour of Australasia in March 2014. The 30 year old has had considerable success on the PGA Tour of Australasia with two further victories, the 2017 Victorian Open and the WA PGA Championship seeing Papadatos named the 2017 PGA Tour of Australasia Player of the Year.

“Nice result this week in the Czech Republic finishing T2. Driving to Paris now for my 9th tournament in a row since leaving Aus so please excuse the tricep depletion,” posted Papadatos on Instagram.

In 2018, Papadatos finished runner-up to Mexico’s Abraham Ancer in the 2018 Emirates Australian Open at The Lakes Golf Club in Sydney.

This season Papadatos has played in 15 tournaments, making the cut in 11 including a top-10 at the Victorian PGA Championships at Moonah Links. Following Sunday’s runner-up finish he’s moved to 481st in the world rankings with his best ranking being 154th back in 2018.

First round co-leader, Blake Windred, finished in a share of 54th position to be the only other Australian to make the weekend with Deyen Lawson and David Micheluzzi missing the cut.