Clas­sic Lit­tle marks his card

The Jewish Chronicle - - SPORT - BY CRAIG SIL­VER

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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