BYRNE SURVIVES EARLY CRISIS TO WIN ASIAN TOUR CARD: Scottish Golf View

January 26, 2013 · uncategorized

Banchory’s James Byrne survived a potentially demoralising 9 on his card early on to earn playing rights on this year’s Asian Tour by finishing joint 21st in the Final Qualifying School at Hua Hin, Thailand.
The previous weekend, the Northern Open champion and former
Walker Cup player gained pass marks at the South African PGA
Sunshine Tour so he is delighted to have doubled his options of
where to play in 2013.
With the leading 40 and ties the “magic number” in Thailand, Byrne was sitting pretty in joint third place with a round to go after scoring 74-65-64.
But the last-day score of 77 at the Springfield Royal par-71 course gave hima five-under par final total of 280.
That meant the Scot had made it with just one stroke to spare, alongwith three Englishmen – Miles Tunnicliffe, Steve Lewton and Chris Rodgers. The leading 41 players with totals of 281 and better gained playing
rights.

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