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Nick Cullen and Deyen Lawson earn European cards

Always considered a signficant talent Lawson is a now a European Tour player (Photo: Henry Peters)
Australians Nick Cullen and Deyen Lawson have become fully fledged members of the 2019 European Tour when sharing 13th place at the final stage of qualifying which was completed in Spain overnight.

The graduation to the European Tour will be a first for both players, Cullen a regular on the Challenge Tour in recent seasons while Lawson has performed with distinction in events mainly on the Australasian and Development Tour in Asia throughout his professional career to date.

34 year old Cullen produced a rock-solid bogey free 6th and final round of 69 and never really appeared in danger although 27 year old Lawson was forced to recover from a mid-round slump with two late birdies to ensure he comfortably made it through.

For both players they now have the chance to play the European Tour as card holders for the first occasion when they tee it up at the Australian PGA Championship on the Gold Coast beginning on November 29th although it may be that one or both have a start at the Hong Kong Open the week before. 

While the news was good for the Australians, New Zealander Josh Geary, who successfully negotiated his way through the qualifying maze last year, missed out by one shot on one of the 25 and ties cards after an agonising bogey at his final hole of the 108 played this week.

The bogey, one of only eleven for him throughout all six rounds, could not have come at a worse time for the 33 year old who struggled in his rookie European Tour season in 2018.   

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