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Zach Murray and Daniel Fox earn Asian Tour status

Murray has two tours on which to play in 2019 (Photo: Asian Tour )
Victorian Zach Murray and West Australia’s Daniel Fox are the two Australians to earn Asian Tour playing privileges in 2019 following the completion of the 5th and final round of the Qualifying School in Hua Hin in Thailand today.

21-year old Murray added a final round of 68 to finish alone in 4th position guaranteeing him a strong level of status for the early season events while 42 year old Fox finished tied for 16th after an impressive finishing round of 66.

Interestingly, both players boast a West Australian Open amongst their PGA Tour of Australasia victories, Murray recording that victory whilst still an amateur in October of 2018 before turning professional soon after.

Murray now has what all young professionals need most in the early stages of a career, namely a tour on which to compete in their rookie season and in fact he has both the PGA Tour of Australasia and the Asian Tour on which to ply his trade in 2019.

Fox won the WA Open in 2015 and has played the Australasian and European Challenge Tours in recent times. In the latter stages of his career, he too will have both the Australasian and Asian Tours on which to play in the new year.

Daniel Fox

Cards were available to the leading 35 players and ties in the 90-hole event but unfortunately for Australians Jack Munro and Kade McBride they will be looking back on what might have been.

Both missed out by just one shot after both players struggled over their closing nine holes today and missed out narrowly on what would have been a potentially career changing milestone. 

NSW’s Dale Brandt-Richards finished three shots from gaining Asian Tour status.

The leading qualifier was 22 year old American Austen Truslow.

"I’m not going to cry," said Truslow reflecting on the battle it has been to date to earn the right to play on any tour.

"For the past four years, I haven’t got on Tour before. My goal when I was 18 was to get on Tour by age 22 and the Asian Tour Qualifying School was the last time to do it. It’s been a good week. I finally have a place to play full time. I felt that my game is good enough once I get out there, but I haven’t done well in qualifying.

"Now that I have a card, I can loosen and show my consistency. I started chipping with one hand over a year ago. I didn’t chip great this week, but it was still a lot better than chipping with two hands. I don’t chip with one hand every single time, but 80 per cent of the time. I didn’t go out and win today.

"I just wanted a good round as it’ll give me my status on Tour. I finished well, and I kind of lucked into the win today."

 

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