Price determined to retain his Tour card

LONDON ? Injured Queenslander Terry Price is prepared to defy doctor's orders and teeup on crutches if it means retaining his European Tour card.

The former Rockhampton golfer has entered this month's Madrid Open and Majorca Classic despite still recovering from a broken tibia bone.

He shattered his right leg in a freak accident in late August whilst carrying a wooden clothes drying device down a staircase at his UK base in Surrey.

The accident could not have come at a worst time for the 44year old golfer as he strives to retain his European Tour card. Price was 105th on the Order of Merit at the time of the mishap but last month had slipped to 109th and the possible likelihood, with six events remaining in Europe this year, of dropping outside the top 115 that automatically retain their Tour card.

David Garland, Director of European Tour Operations, chaired a sub-committee meeting on September 12 that considered if the Tour would afford a medical exemption to Price.

But as Price had contested 25 events before the accident, Garland indicated the number was sufficient in trying to retain his card so the Tour will not grant an exemption should he apply. Price's plight will be helped because a handful of players, all above Price, will come off the Order of Merit because they will not have played the minimum of 11 events to retain Tour membership ? players like Vijay Singh, Bernhard Langer and Peter Lonard.

But Price's manager George Cros is so concerned for the plight of his client that he has entered Price in this month's Madrid Open (October 13-16) and Majorca Classic (October 20-23). Should Price drop outside the top-115 then the he would have to return to November's Tour School in order to hopefully regain his card.



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