Sell still confident of securing Tour card

IN CONTENTION: Martin Sell

IN CONTENTION: Martin Sell

First published in Sport Swindon Advertiser: Photograph of the Author by

WRAG Barn professional Martin Sell believes a European Tour card is well within his reach as he approaches the final two rounds of Q School in Spain.

Sell currently lies tied 32nd in the field and needs to finish within the top 25 to join fellow Swindonian David Howell on next season’s European Tour.

The 33-year-old was left to rue three bogeys on his back nine yesterday which saw him slip from two under to one over par for the day.

But despite his late slip, Sell remains well in contention to earn his tour card sitting just two shots away from the top 25 on two under par overall.

“I had a couple of silly dropped shots out there,” admitted Sell. “You basically cannot get away with a poor tee shot.

“The rough is punishing and there is no run, so if you are not on the fairway it is very difficult to hit the green.

“I’ve made a fairly solid start though so I am pleased. I am playing steady and my short game is pretty good out there.”

The Q School field at the Catalunya Resort have all found the Stadium Course tough and Sell now faces two further rounds there.

Sell will likely need to go under par during those final two rounds and he says his focus will be on minimising mistakes on the Stadium Course.

“The Stadium Course is tough,” added Sell. “All I am thinking about now is getting away a good tee shot on the first hole.

“I have to keep my mistakes to a minimum but nobody is going to get round the Stadium Course without making one or two mistakes.”

Sell remains confident of achieving a top-25 finish, claiming none of the field are going to power clear with a low score.

“Nobody is going to run away with it during these final two rounds,” added Sell. “It’s hard to say what will happen but that course is tough and it depends a little bit on the weather too.

“Maybe six under par is the score to aim for but I cannot control anyone else out there, only myself, so I’ll just be focused on my game.

“You can’t get away with any loose shots on the course so it’s all about staying relaxed and keeping your game steady.

“Mentally it is tough, playing so many rounds day after day. But I’m not in a bad position and the top 25 is well within my reach. If I can just keep it together for the final two rounds I think I am in with a good chance of earning that tour card.”

Four under par is currently the score of those above Sell in the top 25 while leaders Andy Sullivan and Estanjslao Goya are on 12 under overall.

Sell begins his fifth round today at 8.10am (British time) from the first tee.

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