Paddison, Millar earn European Tour cards
BY Bruce Young | European Challenge Tour | 2007 European Tour Q-School - Final Stage | Round Six | 21 Nov 2007
New Zealander Gareth Paddison and Canberra’s Matthew Millar are amongst the 30 players to have gained their 2008 European Tour playing rights at the completion of six gruelling rounds at San Roque in Spain today.
Paddison, who agonisingly missed out on graduating to the European Tour via the Challenge Tour this season when he dropped out of the all important top 20 at the end of season Tour Championship, finally gets to play on a substantial tour.
It could well be the making of the talented but erratic Wellingtonian, who has been unable to gain full status, other than on the Australasian Tour, on anything but a Secondary Tour during his five year professional career.
Millar has played the European Tour for the past two seasons after a stint doing bar work in Canberra and working on his fitness in 2005. He gained his card via the Q-School in 2005 but after only just retaining his privileges in his rookie season, he finished 127th this year and was forced back to Tour School.
While the story was a good one for the two Australasians it was a near miss for Queenslanders, Scott Barr and Peter Senior and Victorian, Terry Pilkadaris. Barr missed the cut by one stroke, with Senior and Pilkadaris missing by two.
Paddison, Senior and Pilkadaris are currently entered to play this week’s MasterCard Masters and will arrive in Melbourne early on Thursday morning for an afternoon tee time in the opening round.
The Tour School was headed by Austrian Martin Wiegele, who finished two shots ahead of England’s Lee Slattery and Spain’s Pedro Linhart.