Oliver Farr and Jack Senior were the big movers on the Road to Mallorca Rankings after their performances at the Lalla Aïcha Challenge Tour and the shift has altered the trajectory of the race for the coveted top 15.
Remember, at the end of the season the leading 15 on the Road to Mallorca Rankings will earn a European Tour card, and Farr’s first win of the season could not have come at a better time. He jumped from well outside the top 15 to now sit inside the magic number, rocketing from 37th to 13th, which has re-ignited his promotion hopes with only four events remaining in the season.
Having graduated from the Challenge Tour twice before, in 2014 and 2017, the 31-year-old knows that his current points total will need to grow significantly if he is to find himself on the European Tour next year.
Another big disruptor was Jack Senior. Despite not winning in Morocco, a solo second place finish— which compliments a win at the ISPS Handa World Invitational Men | Women Presented by Modest! Golf Management— has given the Englishman important breathing room in his quest to earn a European Tour card.
The 31-year-old moved from 11th to fourth on the Road to Mallorca Rankings and will surely shift his focus to the number one spot, which is now within reach should he produce a strong finish to his campaign.
This week’s Stone Irish Challenge brings with it an exciting dynamic, as it stands as the final full-field event on the Road to Mallorca. Only 55 Challenge Tour players will advance to the Hainan Open and Foshan Open in China before the top 45 make their way to Club de Golf Alcanada in Mallorca for the Challenge Tour Grand Final.
Keep your eye on Canada’s Aaron Cockerill at Headfort Golf Club this week. The 27-year-old is making a late-season push having gone from 97th to 50th following a three-event run of tied 17th, tied fifth and tied seventh. If this form continues, the Challenge Tour rookie could find himself becoming a European Tour rookie in short order.