Ryan Evans will need to record his highest ever finish on the European Tour in his last event of the season to keep his card for 2019 as he competes in the Valderrama Masters in Spain this week.
The Wellingborough pro, who is playing on the main tour for the second time, has endured a disappointing series of results in recent months.
After collecting prize money in 14 of his first 16 events, including qualifying for the US Open, the 31-year-old has missed the cut in 10 of his last 13 starts and didn’t even complete his two rounds at the British Masters at Walton Heath last week.
Evans, whose best result on the European Tour is third in the 2016 Czech Masters, can still guarantee full playing rights for next year if he finished first or second in Spain this weekend.
Otherwise he will be forced to go to European Tour Q School the following week or prepare for another year on the European Challenge Tour, where he competed in 2017.