Jason Scrivener from Perth finished third in South Africa. Image: Getty
Western Australian Jason Scrivener matched the best result of his career in the European Tour and played himself in the tour championship during the $ 7 million Nedbank Challenge in South Africa during the weekend.
Scrivener, 30, ended in a shared third place in the $ 7 million event after a closing 70 including three birdies. His prize was 343,000 euros, but there was a bonus in the form of a start in Dubai this week.
Scivener beat 24 places in the Race to Dubai ranking and will now start on the 35th in the $ 8 million final of the European Tour season. He has had the best of his five seasons in Europe and earned more than 900,000 euros.
Queenslander Scott Hend is the only other Australian in that area, consisting of the top 51 players.
Tommy Fleetwood from England entered the field with a closing 65 and defeated Swedish Marcus Kinhult in a play-off to win in South Africa.
Scrivener described the week as "massive" and added that his first start in a touring championship in Europe had been a goal. "To be honest, I didn't have time to really think about it," he said. “I didn't even book the flights. Yes, I will just take it as it comes. I feel like I'm playing well enough to fight and yes, I'm just looking forward to it. "
Meanwhile, Queenslander Jake McLeod has placed himself in the slot at the European Tour School in Spain with a third round 68 to jump into the top five. At one point McLeod held the lead in the six-round marathon, but a double bogey at his last hole sent him back into the pack.
The top 25 and draws at the end of the six rounds receive playing cards for 2020. McLeod played decent this year on the European Tour but lost his full playing rights.
Victorian Dimi Papadatos (26th) is the other Australian in a strong fight for a card, although Deyen Lawson and Jordan Zunic (tied-46th) are around.
In Asia, veteran Terry Pilkidaris finished fourth in the Indian Open in the weekend.