Richard Bland moves step closer to retaining European Tour card after tied 60th finish at Czech Masters

RICHARD BLAND

RICHARD BLAND

First published in Sport

DESPITE finishing with two rounds of 74 (+2), Stoneham pro Richard Bland edged a little closer to securing his European Tour card for next season at the Czech Masters.

A two-under second round had moved the 41-year-old into contention for a strong finish but his weekend scores sent him falling down the leaderboard and into a finishing place of tied 60th.

On the plus side, earnings of more than 2,000 Euros edged him closer to guaranteeing a place on the main tour for next season.

He could be joined there by Liphook’s Sam Hutsby who finished fifth in the Rolex Trophy after a final round 67.

The 25-year-old, who won 9,000 Euros, stands 13th in the Challenge Tour money list with the top 15 earning European Tour cards.

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