McLeod wins OOM, secures European Tour card

It was a tense final day for Queenslander Jake McLeod before winning a European Tour card thanks to his efforts on this year’s Australasian Tour.

McLeod had to watch Matthew Millar make a final-round charge that almost cost him his hopes of heading to Europe in 2019.

Jake McLeod Jake McLeod (Credit: PGA Australia)

Now, armed with a one-year Tour exemption, McLeod can take a few weeks off and recharge his batteries before heading off to make his mark in Europe.

Thanks to his NSW Open win last month and a third in the Australian Open, McLeod won the PGA Tour of Australasia Order of Merit and along the way also secured a spot in the British Open at Royal Portrush in Northern Ireland.

“I’m excited to play in The Open next year, that will be cool,” said McLeod.

“I’m not too sure what my goals are yet but just to try and maintain that card in Europe for the following season would be great.”

McLeod could only finish 19th behind Cameron Smith in last weekend’s Australian PGA at RACV Royal Pines Resort and as Millar faded slightly on the back nine to finish in a tie for third when a second placing or better might have seen him slip by McLeod and nab the OOM title.

McLeod finished $19,085 clear of Millar on $255,326 with Daniel Nisbet third.

Now the ball is back in McLeod’s court, and he’s excited at what lies ahead.

“The focus is solely on Europe now and I’m not too sure what I’ll get into yet but I heard the card’s pretty good, so I’m looking forward to it,” he said.

“The depth of the fields over there is obviously a lot deeper.”

“It’s going to be a good experience to see where I’m at as well.”

McLeod explained that he also had a few mates going to Europe next year on holiday.

“They’ll have to venture over to wherever I am,” he said.

“I’ve got a mate up in Aberdeen, he came to watch at the Dunhill so I’m sure he’ll come over to a couple of events and one of my good mates, Andrew Joyce, already lives in the UK.”

“He’s pretty stoked. He’s already messaged me so he can come to a few events next year.”