Papadatos closes in on European Tour card

Dimitrios Papadatos has moved inside the top-15 on the European Challenge Tour’s Order of Merit after finishing second at the Bridgestone Challenge north of London on the weekend to see the Aussie with a good chance of securing playing privileges next year on the main European Tour.

Papadatos’ runner-up finish moves him to 12th on the Challenge Tour money list and with six events to play he’s within reach of a top-15 finish that would secure passage to the European Tour in 2019.

Dimi Papadatos Dimi Papadatos (Credit: Anthony Powter)

Having a four-shot lead heading into the weekend, Papadatos was tied at the top along with Czech Stanislav Matus going into the final round but was unable to keep pace with England’s Tom Lewis as the former British Boy’s champion fired eight birdies in a round of 64 to win by five shots at Luton Hoo Hotel, Golf and Spa.

Lewis became the first Englishman to lift the Bridgestone Challenge and winning for the first time since his 2011 Portugal Masters success on the European Tour.

With his victory, Lewis leaps from 56th to 18th on the money list to also be in with a good chance of returning to the main tour.

Papadatos turned professional in late 2012 and won his first professional event at the New Zealand Open on the PGA Tour of Australasia in March 2014.

He had two further wins on the 2017 PGA Tour of Australasia, the Oates Victorian Open and the TX Civil & Logistics WA PGA Championship

In 2018 he won the Open de Portugal, his first win on the Challenge Tour.

This season on the Challenge Tour in Europe, Papadatos has played 12 events and being in the money on eleven occasions to bank €73,870.

He’s also played in five European Tour events where he’s made the cut in three events to bank €48,503 and currently sits 194th on the world golf rankings.