In 15th position when the event got underway on Thursday at the Foshan Open, Papadatos finished 42nd this week and has slipped to 19th place and with only the leading 15 players gaining cards for the European Tour in 2019 at season’s end, the final event of the year in two week’s time in the United Arab Emirates becomes crucial for the New South Welshman.
Papadatos won earlier in the season in Portugal and finished runner-up at the Bridgestone Challenge in England in early September. A 50th place last week in Hainan and now his 42nd place this week has seen him now with a lot of work to do in the season ending Ras Al Khaimah Challenge Tour Grand Final.
It is likely that Papadatos will need a top 5 finish if he is to have any chance of gaining the European Tour status that has proved so elusive to the former New Zealand and Victorian Open winner.
Victorian Jack Wilson led the Australians this week when he finished 7th, Ben Eccles 12th and Bryden Macpherson 51st.
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