STOKE-BY-NAYLAND’S Jamie Moul will not be lining up alongside the likes of Rory McIlroy and Luke Donald in the BMW PGA Championship at the Wentworth Club later this month – unless nine players drop out.
Moul, once ranked above world number one McIlroy as the country’s leading amateur, could not find enough points through a categories qualifying system to make the starting line for the season’s showpiece event in Surrey. But he is on a reserve list, albeit with eight other Challenge Tour graduates above him.
The 27 year old missed the cut for the second time on a European Tour event in just over a month last Friday by carding rounds of 73 and 78 (seven over par) at the Open de España in what has been a learning curve on his debut campaign.
Moul progressed from the European Challenge Tour to the main tour after coming in the top 10 last season but now faces a race to keep himself above the 115th place cut-off point on the Race to Dubai rankings, to prevent him losing his tour card for next season by failing to win the November qualifying school.
Moul is currently 161st in the rankings, ahead of teeing off at 12.25pm GMT today in the Madeira Islands Open in Portugal alongside Niclas Fasth and Alastair Forsyth.