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Sell faces European Tour judgment day
SWINDON’S Martin Sell will today begin his attempt to go one better than last year and qualify for the European Tour.
The Wrag Barn pro is in action at the second qualifying stage with his section taking place at Las Colinas Golf & Country Club in Alicante, Spain.
Sell was exempt from the first qualifying stage due to his prowess last year, but should he make it past Alicante then one more test lies ahead.
Final qualifying is at the PGA Catalunya Resort later this month which the former British Amateur finalist reached in 2012.
Although he missed out on a place on the European Tour, Sell won a full-time spot on the Challenge Tour for this year.
The 34-year-old’s best finish ended up being his first tournament in February - the Kenya Open - at which he ended up tied-14th.
However, financial constraints and other problems meant Sell called a halt to his tour involvement in August.
He explained: “Unfortunately due to lack of sponsors and some personal issues I decided to stop playing the Challenge Tour and played a few Jamega events since then.
“Despite recent results I loved every minute of the Challenge Tour and I'd have loved to have been in a position to play every event regardless of the cost .
“But that's just not a position I’m in, so I had to cut my cloth.”
However, now Sell has the chance to play on an even more prestigious stage, but he must negotiate a route past Las Colinas first.
“I was here two years ago and really like the golf course. My game’s in half-decent shape so I'm looking forward to getting going,” he said.
“I won't find out how many progress until Saturday but think it will be around 18 to 20 players.”
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