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Wrag Barn star Sell closes in on European Tour card
WRAG Barn professional Martin Sell took a step closer to earning his European Tour card at the weekend, booking his slot in the final qualifying of Q-School.
Sell carded three consecutive rounds of 67 to lead the second qualifying round at Spain’s Lumine Golf & Beach Club.
The 33-year-old appeared nailed on to secure a top-18 place and reach final qualifying.
However, a shaky start to his final round saw Sell drop down the field.
Sell dropped at shot at the first before double bogeying the second.
A birdie at the sixth got Sell back on track before he let another shot go at nine.
Bogeys at 11 and 12 put Sell under pressure for the remaining holes.
Sell though held his nerve as he parred the remaining six holes to finish on five-over for the day.
In reality Sell’s first three rounds all but assured him of a place in final qualifying although the Wrag Barn star admitted he had to “dig deep” in the final six holes.
“I’m delighted to have qualified for the final,” said Sell.
“If anything I played too well in the first three rounds.
“I think it was a case of thinking it was job done after those three rounds.
“There wasn’t really any doubt about qualifying going into the final round but maybe I was a little unprofessional.
“The objective was to qualify, not necessarily to win it.
“I hit a bad one at two which was strange because I’d been driving the ball so well all week.
“I guess that threw me a bit and I thought about it for a few holes.
“I knew it was still okay but in the end I had to dig deep and keep my cool because the last few holes are difficult.”
Sell’s bid to win his European Tour card continues at final qualifying on November 24 at PGA Catalunya Resort, Girona, Spain where he must finish in the top 25 over the course of six rounds.
And Sell admitted winning his Tour card would be a dream come true.
“This is why I’m out practising at Wrag Barn in the cold and the rain,” said Sell.
“It’s what I turned professional for. I’ve never doubted my ability and I go into final qualifying in confident mood.”
Meanwhile, Swindon’s David Howell stuttered in his final two rounds at the Singapore Open.
Howell sat two under par going into his final two rounds but dropped a shot in his third 18 after carding 72.
A final round 74 saw him slip further down the field as he finished tied 41st after on two over par.
Taking the title at the Sentosa Golf Club was Matteo Manassero, who beat Louis Oosthuizen on a third play-off hole after pair both finished on 13 under par.