McLeod regains European Tour card at Q-School

Queensland’s Jake McLeod has regained his European Tour playing rights following the gruelling six-round Final Stage qualifying at the Lumine Golf Club’s Lakes Course in Spain.

Held between September and November each year, only the top 25 players at the end of the six-round Final Stage will make the grade and earn European Tour cards for the following season.

Jake McLeod Jake McLeod won the 2018 Australasian Tour Order Of Merit to earn his European Tour card (Credit: PGA Australia)

McLeod made that number nicely, finishing in 15th spot to gain his playing rights after rounds of 70-69-68-70-67-70, six strokes behind medallist, Demark’s Benjamin Poke.

The Dane, who led from the second round at Lumine Golf Club, was in complete control throughout the marathon test, breaking 70 each day to post rounds of 67-67-69-67-69-64 and seal victory ahead of three-time European Tour winner Grégory Havret, who came second on 19 under par.

Jarryd Felton narrowly missed the top-25 despite closing with a final round 66, with the Western Australian moving 18 spots to finish in 29th position. His result will still see him get some starts for next season with conditional status and the ability to still play himself onto the main tour.

Dimi Papadatos and Deyen Lawson were the only other two Aussies to make the four-round cut but finished in 65th and 72nd position respectively.