Jake McLeod regains European Tour status

Queensland’s Jake McLeod will get a second opportunity at the European Tour in 2020 after finishing in a tie for 13th place at the Final Stage of Q School completed this morning in Tarragona in Spain.

The 25 year old, who completed his first season in Europe in 2019 after winning the PGA Tour of Australasia Order of Merit in 2018, was the only Australian to have secured one of the 25 cards on offer for next season.

McLeod’s best finish on the European Tour in 2019 was when 8th at the Portugal Masters in early November, that being his only top ten.

McLeod finished the 108 holes at the Lumine Golf Club at 14 under par and in 15th place after the rundown had been finalised, but he was just three shots from missing out on a card altogether so he needed to remain vigilant throughout his final round of 70, two late birdies providing the comfort zone for a return to the European Tour.

The news was not so good for several other Australians who had made the 72 hole cut in the event.

Perth’s Jarrod Felton missed out on earning his first European Tour card by an agonising one shot despite a final round of 66, unable to pick up the one birdie he needed over the closing few holes. He will secure some European Tour starts in lesser events and will have status on the European Challenge Tour.

Dimi Papadatos was 65th and Deyen Lawson 72nd, both having eligibility for the European Challenge Tour in 2020.

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