Scotland’s Peter Whiteford took route 66 to claim his second European Challenge Tour victory within a month and all but guarantee his 2008 European Tour card when he won the doc Salbe PGA European Challenge in Germany, after his flawless closing round saw him finish on a winning total of 22 under par 266.
Whiteford shot rounds of 66-66-68-66 to emerge ahead of his fellow countryman, Richie Ramsay, by four shots at the Golf and Vital Park Bad Waldsee, where England’s David Horsey was third, a further stroke back.
The 27 year old Whiteford, who captured The Dutch Futures in Holland at the end of September, earned €22,400 for his efforts – and crucially moved up to 13th in the Rankings.
The top 20 come the end of the season automatically earn European Tour Membership – and Whiteford is delighted to have all but attained it, with just two events left on the 2007 schedule.
He said: “I am very happy. I was 27th in the Challenge Tour Rankings, so needed to do well this week to get up into the all-important top 20. I want to be playing on The European Tour next year – and this win means I’m all but there. It’s very exciting and it’s been my goal ever since I won in Holland.
“That win really gave me the confidence to have a good end of season. I’ve been playing well and starting to hole a lot more putts. This week in Germany, I’ve performed when I’ve needed to get back up there in the Rankings, which is very pleasing.”
Ramsay, meanwhile, fired rounds of 70-66-67-67 for his 18 under par 270 total, as he too aims to climb into the top 20 in the Rankings, where he was 61st going into the event.
The €15,400 second prize will lift his earnings since turning professional just before the Walker Cup to €38,890 and up to 31st.
However, with just two events left on the schedule – the Toscana Open Italian Federation Cup and Apulia San Domenico Grand Final, also in Italy, Ramsay is in need of two good performances if he is to achieve his goal of a 2008 European Tour berth.
France’s Raphaél Eyraud shot a new course record of ten under par 62 in the final round to break the record Spain’s Carlos Del Moral set in the second round with his 63.