Kiwi Josh Geary has taken a giant step towards securing a place on the European Tour in 2020 after finishing runner-up at the Challenge Tour’s Open de Bretagne in France.

Josh GearyTournament leader through 36 holes, Geary briefly regained the lead after an eagle at the par-5 11th in his final round but German Sebastian Heisele responded in kind with three birdies of his own early on the back nine to win by two strokes.

Runner-up at the D+D REAL Slovakia Challenge in July, Geary was 39th in the Road to Mallorca standings heading to France but his final round of 6-under 64 earned him 22,000 points and propelled him to 12th in the rankings.

The top 15 on the moneylist at the completion of the Challenge Tour Grand Final in Mallorca earn promotion to the main tour in 2020 with six events remaining before the leading players head to their finale in Spain.

Victorian Ben Eccles qualified for the weekend for just the third time in his past eight starts, his 2-over 72 on Sunday resulting in a fall of eight spots on the leaderboard to be tied for 55th.

Challenge Tour
Open de Bretagne
Golf Bluegreen de Pleneuf Val Andre, Pleneuf, France
2Josh Geary68-67-70-64—269€22,000
T55Ben Eccles71-70-71-72—284€700