Darren Wright looking to go all the way to European Tour

Darren Wright  Picture: Frank Coppi
Darren Wright Picture: Frank Coppi
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Darren Wright is aiming to build on his fabulous season to seal a place among the European Tour elite.

The 26-year-old Portsmouth-based professional leads the Europro Tour order of merit standings, with more than £28,000 to his name ahead of the final event of the season in Desert Springs, Spain, on October 28.

The season-ending tournament is the most lucrative of the year with some hefty prize money up for grabs.

But Wright has already done enough to guarantee a place in the top-five, which seals his promotion to the Challenge Tour for next season – the second tier of European golf.

But it could yet get even better for the former Rowlands Castle man when he heads for Qualifying School next month, as he bids to win a place among the big boys of the European Tour.

Wright said: ‘It’s obviously gone really well for me this year.

‘Getting that win early in the season at Burhill, it just gave me that little extra boost of self-belief I needed.

‘We’ve still got the final event but I am guaranteed to finish in the top five so I have got my Challenge Tour card for next season.

‘Now it’s about trying to win the order of merit and seeing if I can go even better.

‘It’s a good situation to be in.

‘With my category ranking, I might not make it into two or three events but I could improve that.

‘And if I play well, I could still get a European Tour card, which would be amazing.’

Wright enters Qualifying School at stage two on November 7 and will be up against plenty of hardened tour professionals in the scramble for a card.

Others have suffered poor seasons and must find some form to save their playing privileges for next season.

But it’s a different story for Wright who is on the back of a season that saw him finish outside of the top 20 just three times in 15 events and saw him earn victory at The Kerry London Championship at Burhill in May.

‘I feel like I have got that momentum behind me and I’m looking upwards,’ said Wright.

‘A lot of guys are coming off the back of a poor season and are fighting for their cards.

‘They know they haven’t been playing their best and going to Q School is a step back for them.

‘I see it as a great opportunity because I have got nothing to lose.

‘The worst case scenario is that I am getting promoted on to the Challenge Tour.’

Wright also shrugged off the fact that the last Europro event finished on September 4 as he claimed tied-second place at Princes Golf Club.

He added: ‘I don’t think I will be too rusty.

‘I’m preparing better now than I was throughout the winter for the start of the season and that seemed to do me alright.

‘I’m not hitting thousands of balls on the range.

‘I’m playing one ball, playing at least 18 holes most days and scoring properly.

‘I’m holing out putts and trying to take it as seriously as possible to make sure I am in the competitive mindset.

‘So I will be trying my heart out at the final of Europro.

‘It is all about getting myself tournament ready again to go on to Q School to see what I can do there.’