Whiteford and Lee hold on to cards

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THERE was the inevitable odd disappointment but, once the dust had settled after the conclusion of events in Hong Kong and South Africa yesterday, it was celebration time for several members of Scotland’s European Tour contingent.

Undoubtedly, the pair with the biggest cause to let off steam at the nearest 19th hole were Peter Whiteford and Craig Lee after they hung on to their cards for another season by securing top-119 finishes on the money-list.

Ultimately, Whiteford survived by around £15,000, the Fifer claiming 110th spot after he finished tied for 28th behind Swede Henrik Stenson in the South African Open at Serengeti. Lee’s 33rd finish there lifted him up a spot to 115th on the money-list, the Stirling man hanging on to his place at the top table by little over £8,000. “I’m delighted it’s over as my body and nerves couldn’t have take much more,” Lee told The Scotsman. “Now I’m looking forward to a good night’s sleep.”

For Alastair Forsyth and George Murray, however, a visit to the Qualifying School now beckons – it starts in Girona on Saturday – after they finished 133th and 155th on the money-list. Needing a win in South Africa to hang on to his card, Lloyd Saltman certainly gave it a go but, in having to settle for a share of 13th in the end, he only moved up to 181st.

The two events also determined the field for this week’s DP World Tour Championship in Dubai, where Marc Warren, David Drysdale and Scott Jamieson will be joining Paul Lawrie, Richie Ramsay and Stephen Gallacher after they all held on to their spots in the top 60.