Classic Little marks his card
GOLF SAM Little is confident he will avoid the need for any last-day heroics in the future after securing his European Tour card in style at the Mallorca Classic.
The 32-year-old, who has been a member of Hendon Reform Synagogue and Hartsbourne Golf Club, had done more than enough to keep his playing rights for next season. A closing three-under 67 for a 10under 270 total, twice as good as the previous year’s winning score, left the Kings Langley professional in second place, two shots behind eventual winner Gregory Bourdy.
If the Frenchman’s ball had finished in the water rather than a metre from the edge on the 16th, Little might have won.
For the third year running, Little entered the final event of the season needing to produce a good performance to climb into the top 117 on the Order of Merit and keep his card for the following year. In 2005 he finished 21st in Mallorca to claim the last available card by just £418, only to lose it in 2006 after a share of 38th place at Pula Golf Club left him 122nd on the money list.
This year the West Ham fan, who turned professional 10 years ago, arrived in 136th place and needed something special to avoid an immediate return to the qualifying school.
He was in stunning form, producing four rounds in the 60s to finish second, two shots behind Bourdy, on 10 under par and pocketing £154,000.
Little revealed the birth of twin Natalie and Amelia inspired him. “My head was all over the place just before the girls were born,” he said.
“It’s no coincidence that once they arrived I started playing well. It has been a struggle but feels fantastic. It was my great escape but I’m determined not to go through it again.”
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