European Tour: Liam Johnston goes to European Tour pro in a year of waiter

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Johnston got his card after finishing 17th in the Ras Al Khaimah Challenge Tour Grand Final

From waiting tables and winning £ 500 vouchers to £ 64,000 Kazakhstani expulsions and a European Tour card, it's a free year for Liam Johnston

The 25-year-old from Dumfries only became professional at the end of 2017, on the assumption that he could not make it as a pro.

And after doing coughing in the UAE on the weekend, the challenge Tour golfer earned a Tour card for next year.

"I did not feel I was good enough to play professionally," he told BBC Scotland.

"I worked a few years to finance my seasons, to wait at my local hotel and at night to work behind the bar, and on a driving range during the day

"I quit After having spent a few good years after university at the amateur level, you took the leap to a professional level. "

& # 39; £ 500 vouchers to £ 64,000 jackpots"

The "dive" has paid hugely for Johnston, whose recent prize money included £ 64,000 for the upcoming first place at the Kazakhstan Open in September

A far cry from the amateur tournaments that the Dumfries golfer was used to.

"I played amateur golf for so long, where the biggest prize you could get was a voucher of £ 500, so to finally win £ 64,000 in Kazakhstan is a bit unbelievable, "he admitted.

" This is a dream come true. At the beginning of the season, I was just trying to get my Challenge Tour card for the year – to get the European Tour card to be brilliant and I can not wait to get started. "

Johnston was joined by Grant Forrest, Robert MacIntyre and David Law in securing their card in the past week.

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