Kirkcaldy golfer Peter Whiteford faces losing his European Tour card unless he wins in Australia this week.
Despite a top 20 finish at the Hong Kong Open last week, the Wellsgreen-based pro still needs over £100,000 from the final tour event of the season, the Perth International, to earn his card for 2015.
Only the top 110 golfers on the Race to Dubai money list willl keep their place next season, meaning Whiteford, who started the tournmament in 149th place, must either win or finishing second on his own to avoid a trip to Qualifying School.
The Fifer has certainly put himself in contention after shooting an opening 66 today (Thursday) to sit six under par, two shots behind the leaders, with a round that included an eagle, five birdies and only one dropped shot.
Whiteford said: “I played great golf today and got off to a flyer - I think I was five under through seven.
“I actually missed quite a lot of chances coming in, but I played lovely, so I’m very happy.”
Despite currently playing with a thumb injury that requires strapping, Whiteford’s focus is firmly fixed on winning the tournament.
“It’s not a situation I wanted to be in,” he said.
“It’s completely under the cosh, but I deserve it for the way I’ve played all year.
“The last couple of months have been better, so my mind is fully fixed on one thing, and that’s winning it.”