20 Nov 2019 | Professional golf |

McLeod within reach of Euro card

by Mark Hayes

Jake McLeod drives at European Tour Q-school.
Jake McLeod drives at European Tour Q-school. Picture: Getty Images

Jake McLeod has a couple of fingers on a 2020 European Tour card after a stellar fifth round at Q-school in Spain overnight.

The young Queenslander carded a quality, bogey-free, four-under-par 67 on another chilly day at Lumine Golf Club in Tarragona.

It vaulted him to outright 11th at 13 under with one round to play and the leader, Benjamin Poke, within range at 18 under.

More importantly, the reigning New South Wales Open champion is now four shots clear of the current mark of the top 25 - plus ties - who will earn cards after tonight's final round.

Perth's Jarryd Felton remains firmly in the mix after a 70 on the Lakes Course left him at six under and in share of 47th, three shots from the top 25.

Felton was one under through three holes and had stretched his bogey-free streak to 42 holes having been way off the pace early in round two.

But he then traded four birdies and four bogeys for the remainder of his round as his progress stalled slightly with a 70.

It wasn't such great news for the other two Aussies who made the 72-hole cut.

New South Welshman Dimi Papadatos wobbled with an early bogey, but appeared to have steadied through eight holes before disaster struck.

A double-bogey on the ninth was followed by another on the 13th and his 75 left him at three under in a share of 64th and needing a super low number tonight.

Victorian Deyen Lawson was similarly at the crossroads, even through nine holes and five under overall.

But his chances all but vanished with bogeys on the 10th, 12th, 15th and 18th holes to leave him at one under and in a share of 69th.


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