Barr retains Asian Tour card

A brave final tournament of the year has seen Scott Barr retain his Asian Tour card for the 12th consecutive year after a runner-up finish at the Philippine Open.

Scott BarrA brave final tournament of the year has seen Scott Barr retain his Asian Tour card for the 12th consecutive year after a runner-up finish at the Philippine Open.

Barr, who began the week in 64th position on the Order of Merit and one spot out of keeping his playing privileges, picked up a cheque for US$33,000 for finishing second alone and jumped 15 spots to 49th in the standings.

The 43-year-old has never won in 11 years on the Asian Tour but had an excellent chance this week after starting the third and final round of the rain shortened tournament just one shot behind leader Lindsey Renold of Canada.

A birdie and an eagle on the front nine saw Barr out in 3-under-par and well in the hunt on a packed leader board but a dropped shot at the 10th was costly.

Back to back birdies at the 14th and 15th got him back in the mix but after hitting into water on 17 and taking his second bogey of the day his chance of winning was gone.
However, he bravely birdied the 18th to jump to second on his own.

Barr was one of 11 Australians to tee up in the final tournament of the Asian Tour season with six making the cut.

Adam Groom (T18), Marcus Both, Matthew Giles and Josh Younger (T37) and Terry Pilkadaris (T52) were the others to play all three rounds.

Jarrod Freeman, Unho Park, Peter Stojanovski and David Gleeson missed the final round while Jake Stirling withdrew after a first round 77.

The top 63 on the Order of Merit after this week keep playing rights for 2016 with six Australians why ply their trade full time in Asia assured of starts next year.

Sam Brazel is the best of the full time Asian Tour players at 13th on the list followed by Terry Pilkadaris (43rd), Scott Barr (49th), Kalem Richardson (55th), Adam Groom (61st) and Unho Park (63rd).

Among those missing out are Jake Higginbottom (83rd), Matthew Giles (89th), Josh Younger (92nd) and Marcus Both (124th).