22 Nov 2010

Aguilar retains tour card for 2011

5:42 am on 22 November 2010

The Chilean golfer Felipe Aguilar held on to his European Tour card for 2011 after the close of the Hong Kong Open.

The 36-year-old Aguilar, arrived in Hong Kong lying 117th on the Race to Dubai money list and knowing that the leading 117 players after the event would retain full membership for next year.

His 63rd place following a final-round 71 earned him 4,521 euros, enough to retain his 117th place and the assurance of his card.

Korean-born American Anthony Kang finished fourth in Hong Kong to move from 138th up to 112th on the list.

The results meant that absent Dane Mark Haastrup dropped to 118th in his rookie year and will have to return to the Tour's Q-School later this month.

Others to forfeit automatic 2011 European Tour membership included triple Tour-winning Nick Dougherty of England (122nd on the money list), Scots Marc Warren (125th) and Alastair Forsyth (128th) and former European Masters winner Jean Francois Lucquin of France (140th)