Higgins still has it all to do

WATERVILLE'S David Higgins still has a lot of work to do to hold on to his playing card for next season following a disappointing finish to the Portuguese Masters at the weekend.

A gutsy three under par round of 68 on day two, added to his opening round of 71, saw the Kerryman make the cut by two shots and a 69 in the third round saw him position himself for a decent finish in the final round where a place in the top 25 would have guaranteed his playing credentials for 2014.

However, a level par 71 on Sunday which included a bogey on the final hole, saw him fall away for a share of 57th place to collect just €5,700, which was well short of what he would have been hoping for.

I mentioned on a previous occasion that the golfing god's haven't always smiled on the popular Waterville man and that was certainly the case again on Sunday as he actually dropped down one place in the money list to 115th following an outstanding performance from Justin Walters.

The South African, whose mother passed away just two weeks ago, looked to be heading back to the Tour School at the beginning of the week but a final round of 66 catapulted him up to second place for a whopping cheque of €222,000 and saw him move up 80 places on the money list.

Spain's Alvaro Quiros, who was behind Higgins prior to Portugal, also moved up to 102nd spot having collected a cheque for €22,000.

The situation now is that Higgins realistically needs to finish in the top 20 this week in Perth, Australia to grab one of the all-important top 110 places on the money list to keep his card for 2104.

Irishman Peter Lawrie is just one place ahead of Higgins but more importantly for the Dubliner is that he has banked €7,000 more, so a top thirty spot is required by him in Perth.

Elsewhere, Waterville's Mark Murphy finished in joint 53rd at the Puerto Rico Classic in Dorado Beach on the Latin American Tour following rounds of 74, 70 and 72, while at the Irish PGA Championship at Roganstown, Killarney's Daniel Sugrue fired rounds of 73, 71, 74 and 69 to finish 12 shots behind the winner Michael McGeady.


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