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Browne in Marathon Bid for European Tour Card

Stephen Browne 

Irishman Stephen Browne is hoping to draw inspiration from his fellow countryman Paul McGinley’s ten tournament marathon bid to make The Ryder Cup in order to join the 37 year old on The European Tour next season. 

Browne secured the first victory of his professional career at the European Challenge Tour’s Norwegian Challenge Open on Sunday, and, having played the last four events in a row, will play the closing eight tournaments of the Challenge Tour season in an attempt to break into the top 15 on the Rankings and win himself a European Tour Card for next season.

The 30 year old from Dublin moved to 25th on the Challenge Tour Rankings with €29,844, and is set to follow McGinley’s example of playing at every tournament in order to maximise the opportunities available to him.

While McGinley’s cause is forcing his way into Bernhard Langer’s European Ryder Cup Team (he will play his tenth consecutive tournament at the BMW International Open this weekend), Browne has his sights set on The European Tour after breathing fresh life into his ascent up the Rankings with a three stroke victory in Norway.

“I think that I have to do what Paul McGinley has done and play every event that is available to me,” confirmed Browne before heading for this week’s Challenge Tour event, the Skandia PGA Open. “Paul has played the last nine events in a row to try and get into The Ryder Cup Team and I am trying to get my Card for The European Tour.

“In some ways there is more pressure on myself than there is on Paul because I am trying to get my Card for next year. You have to put these things into perspective and I read some comments from Paul himself the other day that made a lot of sense.

“He was asked about the pressure of trying to make The Ryder Cup Team, but his response was that real pressure is trying to put food on the table for your kids and I understand what he means by that.

“It can be tough to make a living on the Challenge Tour, but the rewards are there for all to see. Everything that you do on the Challenge Tour is geared towards winning a European Tour Card and I have given myself a chance to do that.

“I have eight chances left on the Challenge Tour this season, and if I can win one of those tournaments then I think I would be playing with Paul and the rest of them on Tour next year. Since I turned professional I have improved every year on the Challenge Tour, and my victory shows that I am still getting better.

"It was great to get my first win on the board Norway and nice to get all the congratulations from back home. It also gives my sponsors - Cusine de France and Carroll Estates - a bit of exposure which they deserve given all the support they have handed to me, I just hope i can continue repaying them.”


By courtesy of http://www.europeantour.com 

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