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Having already secured his Challenge Tour card for next season with a top five finish at last week’s Kazakhstan Open, Jack Senior has now set his sights on making an unlikely late charge into the top 20 of the Rankings.
The former Walker Cup star has made just four appearances as a sponsor’s invitation on this season’s Challenge Tour, but climbed to 55th place in the Rankings on the back of his tied fourth finish in Almaty.
The €20,000 Senior collected was comfortably the highest cheque of his fledgling professional career – he relinquished his amateur status shortly after helping Great Britain & Ireland to victory over their American counterparts at Royal Aberdeen last year – and the 24 year old’s performance also earned him a place in the field for this week’s ALLIANZ Golf Open Toulouse Metropole.
The Englishman feels comfortable competing on French soil, having made a big impression on the Alps Tour this year, with two victories and a further three top five finishes propelling him to third place on the Order of Merit.
Senior, who made is professional debut at the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship last year, can now relax and enjoy the remainder of the season, safe in the knowledge that his place on the Challenge Tour is guaranteed for next term – and that anything above and beyond that is a bonus.
He said: “The way I played in Kazakhstan has obviously given me a lot of confidence to take into this week, and it’s also taken some of the pressure off because I’ve virtually guaranteed my place in the top 80 of the Rankings. So I can relax a bit more and enjoy my golf, knowing that I’ve got a Challenge Tour card for next season in the bag at the very least.
“I’ll be going to Tour School to try to get a European Tour card, or there’s even an outside chance of finishing inside the top 20 of the Rankings. I’ll obviously have to play very well to achieve that, but hopefully I can carry on my form from Kazakhstan and have another decent week here.
“The course out there suited me because it played to my strengths, which is my driving. I think this week there’s probably a bit more of a premium on your putting, because it’s not a long course so – depending on the weather – the guys here will be finding lots of greens. It’s obviously a step up in standard from the Alps Tour, which is where I’ve been playing most of my golf this season; but last week I showed I can more than hold my own on the Challenge Tour, so there’s no reason why I can’t be up there contending again.”
Indeed, should Senior continue his record of improving his finishing position in every Challenge Tour event he has played in so far this season, he could be in for a very special week.