Bradley clos­ing in on Euro dream

Blairgowrie Advertiser - - PROPERTY - Matthew Gallagher

Bradley Neil is on the verge of book­ing a dream ticket to the Euro­pean Tour.

But the Blair­gowrie golf ace in­sists he will be tak­ing it one shot at a time as his sea­son ap­proaches an ex­cit­ing fi­nale.

Bradley will earn him­self a Euro­pean Tour card if he finishes in the top 15 of the Chal­lenge Tour’s Road to Oman or­der of merit.

The 21-year-old cur­rently sits 14th ahead of this week’s Ras Al Khaimah, 2017 Golf Chal­lenge in the United Arab Emi­rates.

Last week, Bradley carded solid rounds of 70, 69, 69 and 72 at the Foshan Open in Nan­hai Dis­trict, Foshan City, China to re­main in the mix.

“I’m pleased to be in the top 15 with a chance but I would be hap­pier if I had al­ready se­cured my card, ”he ex­plained to the Blairie.

“I have to pre­pare well for the last two events and just see what hap­pens. It is in my con­trol.

“In terms of where I play next year and po­ten­tially fast for­ward­ing my ca­reer it’s ob­vi­ously im­por­tant but in terms of my whole golf ca­reer, I don’t know how im­por­tant it is.

“It’s al­ways been a goal of mine to play on the Euro­pean Tour and I have a great chance to do that.

“I’m con­fi­dent in the way I’m pre­par­ing for events, the way I’m swing­ing and play­ing so of course I feel like I can im­prove on my po­si­tion.

“I’m go­ing to have to keep a few peo­ple’s heart­beats low come the Sun­day of Oman.

“If I start get­ting ahead of my­self then come three weeks time I won’t have a Euro­pean Tour card.

“It’s not even a case of one round at a time but one shot at a time. Con­trol what I can con­trol and do the best I can, that is all I can ask of my­self.”

Two weeks back, at the Hainan Open, also China, Bradley re­cov­ered from an open­ing round three over par 75 to even­tu­ally fin­ish tied 26th.

That fight­back could prove cru­cial when the sea­son finishes in Oman at the be­gin­ning of Novem­ber.

Bradley said: “I was very pleased con­sid­er­ing it was the first time I’ve played golf in China.

“Adapt­ing to the weather, the cour­ses and get­ting over the travel and time dif­fer­ence are all fac­tors that can make it dif­fi­cult.

“I never hit the ball badly in the first round, I just didn’t hole a putt so I knew I had a chance of mak­ing the week­end.”

On the cusp Bradley Neil

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