Aussies Murray, Fox secure Asian Tour cards
Two young Australians will ply their trade on the Asian professional golf tour after surviving a gruelling five rounds of qualifying in Thailand last weekend.
West Australian Daniel Fox and Victorian Zach Murray will have full playing privileges in Asian this year after playing some of their best golf to get through one of the toughest tests their games will ever face.
Zach Murray (Credit: Asian Tour)
Fox, 42, who won the WA Open in 2015 and has played on the Australasian and European Challenge Tours will have both the Australasian and Asian Tours on which to play in 2019.
He finished in a tie for 16th after rounds of 69-65-72-69-66 to finish 14-under par, 10 shots behind the Qualifying School winner Austen Truslow.
Murray, 21, did even better with the 21-year-old firing rounds of 68-64-67-66-69 to finish alone in fourth spot, just three shots from the winner.
That should guarantee the rookie professional lofty status for the early-season events
While cards were available to the top 35 in the 90-hole marathon event, Australians Jack Munro and Kade McBride will be rueing a missed putt here and there which cost them any chance of progressing to the tour.
Both missed out by just one shot after being unable to get the job done in disappointing back nines on the final day.
Another talented professional Dale Brandt-Richards, from NSW, finished just three shots from gaining Asian Tour status.
Of the rest of the Australian contingent Victorian Cameron John finished in 72nd spot; Jordan Zunic 80th, Simon Hawkes 87th, Peter Stojanovski 99th, Rick Kulacz 99th, Jack Murdoch 109th, Nabil Abdul 137th, Peter Wilson 149th, George Worrall 170th, Benjamin Stowe 170th, Shaw Wools-Cobb 182nd and Will Heffernan 218th.
For Qualifying School winner Truslow it has been an amazing journey:
“For the past four years, I haven’t got on Tour,” he said.
“My goal when I was 18 was to get on Tour by age 22 and the Asian Tour Qualifying School was my last chance to do it.
“It’s been a good week. I finally have a place to play full time.
“I felt that my game is good enough once I get out there, but I haven’t done well in qualifying.
“Now that I have a card, I can loosen up and show my consistency. I started chipping with one hand over a year ago. I didn’t chip great this week, but it was still a lot better than chipping with two hands.
“I don’t chip with one hand every single time, but [I do] 80 per cent of the time.”