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Taranaki golfer Sam Jones wins place on lucrative DP World Tour

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After just two weeks as a professional golfer, promising Taranaki golfer Sam Jones has qualified for the lucrative DP World Tour.

Jones’ place on the tour was confirmed on Thursday morning after six grueling rounds of qualifying in Spain. The Manaia golfer, who led Taranaki to its first ever inter-provincial men’s title two years ago, will join New Zealanders Ryan Fox and Daniel Hillier in Europe and is expected to make his debut in at least 20 tournaments.

This year’s DP World Tour features 39 tournaments in 26 countries, including combined events across five continents. Tour success can generate millions of dollars in income for golfers. World No. 2 Rory McIlroy and No. 3 Jon Rahm were the highest-ranked players on the season-ending Dubai PGA World Tour Championship (DP World Tour Championship).

Taranaki golfer Sam Jones wins place on lucrative DP World Tour

Jones has had little time to adjust to his new status as the first tour event will begin next week at the Australian PGA Championship at Royal Queensland Golf Club.

It’s been a whirlwind few weeks for Jones, who represented New Zealand at the Eisenhower Cup, the world’s premier amateur event, in Abu Dhabi at the end of October. From there, he competed in the Asia Pacific Amateur Championship at Royal Melbourne before traveling to Spain for the second stage of the Qualifying School where he finished fourth to advance to the final.

He then shot 68, 69, 70 and 65 at Infinitum Golf to advance to the 72nd hole, which would have earned him a full Challenge Tour berth. However, he will reap the biggest rewards if he can finish in the top 25 in the final two rounds and earn a spot on the DP World Tour, which is recognized as the second best tour in the world behind the PGA Tour.

Jones performed well, shooting 68 and 66 in the final two rounds to finish seventh.

“I’m speechless to be honest,” Jones told Golf New Zealand.” I had to change my flight and stay in Spain for the final stage, so I wasn’t expecting anything – I didn’t think I was going to make the second stage.

“It’s crazy to be standing here now after all that. Like I said, I’m speechless.

Jones said he realized that playing 10 rounds in the final two weeks could put pressure on him in the final stages of qualifying, so he analyzed the final 36 holes where he could perform best on the course.

While he said he felt good physically, the mental pressure proved to be the most challenging aspect as he got closer to achieving his long-term goals. He also had to deal with mounting nerves in the closing stages.

“I am who I am and I think about all the details – which categories I’m going to compete in and so on,” he said.

“Obviously, with the start of the DP World Tour, the increase in prize money and everything that came with it – going into rounds five and six – I was really nervous.

“I thought I could handle it. But honestly, it’s been a real grind and I’m glad to be out of it.”

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