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Clandeboye ace Caldwell relishing Challenge after clinching tour card

 

By Paul Kelly

Clandeboye's Jonathan Caldwell will be playing on the Challenge Tour next season after claiming the fifth and final card on offer via the PGA EuroPro Tour Order of Merit.

The 33-year-old finished 15th yesterday in the last event of the season, the PGA EuroPro Tour Sky Sports Tour Championship at Amendoeria Golf Resort in Portugal.

"I am absolutely delighted after just missing out last year by slipping out of the top five at the Tour Championship," said Caldwell, who represented GB&I alongside Rory McIlroy at the Walker Cup in 2007 at Royal County Down.

"I'm delighted to get the job just about done. I tried to focus on my golf because there were so many guys in contention, all I could do was focus on myself.

"The support for me has been fantastic, I've had a solid year and I feel I'm ready to take it a step further onto the Challenge Tour."

Ballymena's Dermot McElroy finished fifth in Portugal, which was good enough for eighth place on the Order of Merit.

The tournament was won by Englishman Adam Chapman, who fired a final-round 71 to win by three shots. The winning cheque of £22,540 saw Chapman jump from 54th in the rankings to third place and secured him a place on the Challenge Tour next season.

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