Scotland’s Andrew McArthur’s secured second spot at the Blue Green Cotes d`Armor Bretagne, France at the weekend, boosting his bid for a return to the European Tour.
The 35-year-old took home 22,000 euros in prize money after shooting a one-under 69 in the fourth round, ending the tournament on 12-under-par, three behind winner Benjamin Herbert.
His runner-up place sees the Bearsden man occupy 13th spot in the Challenge Tour Rankings, with the top 15 players being awarded European Tour cards for the following season.
There are six tournaments remaining on this season’s Challenge Tour, So the Scot has some work to do to make sure he can progress to the European Tour next season.
"It’s a nice bonus to move up the Rankings a bit before the big tournaments at the end of the season." - Andrew McArthur
Despite finishing second, his best result since his Slovakia Challenge triumph in July, McArthur was slightly aggrieved not to notch his second title of the year.
“Obviously it’s not the result I was looking for at the start of the day but Benjamin played very well today and thoroughly deserved his victory,” said McArthur.
“If you can’t win then second on your own isn’t bad and it’s a nice bonus to move up the Rankings a bit before the big tournaments at the end of the season.”
Andrew McArthur edged out by Herbert
Benjamin Herbert of France finished three-shots better off than Andrew McArthur, claiming the Blue Green Cotes d`Armor Bretagne crown, and with it his card on next season’s European Tour.
The Frenchman shot a four-under-par round of 66 saw that included four birdies in the first five holes. He knew just how valuable his ‘perfect’ start was en route to his second win of the season.
"In front of a great crowd it was a very special moment." - Benjamin Herbert
“It’s very exciting to be back on the European Tour,” said Hebert. “It feels great but for the moment I want to enjoy the victory here today because to win in France, in front of a great crowd was a very special moment for me.
“I played very well today and could not have made a better start to the final round with three birdies in the first three holes, it was a perfect way to begin the day.”