WRAG Barn professional Martin Sell faces the most important golf tournament of his life today when he begins his campaign to earn his European Tour card.
Having qualified for this weekend’s Q-School final qualifying earlier this month, Sell is now just six rounds away from joining Broome Manor pro David Howell on golf’s elite european circuit.
Sell now faces a talented field of 73 players - including household names such as Oliver Wilson and Nick Dougherty at Catalunya Golf Resort in Girona, Spain - but says he fears no other player and is confident of returning to English shores with his European Tour card in his back pocket.
“I am really looking forward to it,” said Sell. “I’ve had some good practice sessions since qualifying for the final so everything is set.
“Obviously there are some very good players in the field. The likes of Oliver Wilson are there because they have had bad years but I am not worried about anyone in the field because I believe in my own ability.”
Final qualifying runs from today until next Thursday with a cut taking place after four rounds.
“Two further rounds will be played by the remaining players with the top 25, including tied players, earning their tour card.
Sell will draw up a game plan with his caddie and close friend Paul Morgan when he sees the course in Spain but admits an obvious first target is to make the first cut.
“I’ve tightened up a few things with my coach Matt Woods but to be honest I’m pleased with my game so there hasn’t been anything in particular to work on,” added Sell.
“Without seeing the golf course it is difficult but I don’t think it is a course that favours the big hitters or anything like that.
“There’s a cut after four rounds so obviously it is vital I do that and have four good rounds there, then I can focus on finishing in the top 25.”
The 33-year-old admitted earning his European Tour card would be a “dream come true” and admitted it is arguably something he should have already achieved.
Sell said: “Potentially I probably should have achieved more but for what ever reason it hasn’t happened like that. I think maybe when I turned professional I expected it to just happen.
“I played in the same squads as Ross Fisher and obviously he’s been on tour for a while now and played in a Ryder Cup. That’s obviously where I want to be and maybe where I should have been.
“Since I’ve swapped coaches though everything has clicked.
“To earn my card would be a dream come true, it’s everything I wanted when I turned professional.”