Calum Hill has a fight on his hands to qualify for European Tour

Fifer lies in joint 16th place

Friday, 8th November 2019, 5:39 pm
Updated Friday, 8th November 2019, 5:59 pm
Calum Hill shot 71 for 18 holes in his second round
Calum Hill shot 71 for 18 holes in his second round

Calum Hill has a fight on his hands in the final week of the Challenge Tour season in his bid to graduate to the European Tour as the top-ranked player.

The Fifer, who headed into the season-ending Grand Final in the No. 1 spot, sits joint-16th at the halfway stage after opening rounds of 73-71 at Club de Golf Alcanada in Mallorca.

The slow start, coupled with Francesco Laporta opening with scores of 68 and 69 to lead on five-under, has dropped Hill below the Italian in the projected standings with two rounds to go in Port d’Alcúdia.

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Connor Syme, who came into the event in 12th spot in the rankings and is on course to make a return to the main tour, is alongside Hill after matching his scores in both rounds.

Ewen Ferguson, who is bidding to climb into a card-winning top-15 position in the rankings, is handily-placed, sitting joint-seventh on level-par after a second 71.

Also in Spain, Craig Howie enjoyed a good day in the second round of his European Tour Qualifying School stage-two event at Las Colinas, adding a 67 to an opening 69 to move into joint-fifth.

Euan Walker slipped to joint-16th at the same venue after following a 65 with a 74 while Ryan Lumsden also lost ground at Alenda Golf with a 79.