Dodd’s Euro golf battle

Lawrence Dodd, from Thetford Golf Club, has been battling to earn a European Tour card this week – with today’s fourth round crucial.

After yesterday’s round he was tied 109th on two over par for the tournament.

He finished the round one under, including five birdies and four bogeys – which saw him down 31 places on where he was after two rounds.

The round finished with Scotsman Elliot Saltman and Alfredo Garcia-Heredia from Spain tying in first place.

A cut will be made after the fourth round with the top 70 playing two extra rounds so it’s all to play for.

Dodd’s bid had got off to an encouraging start in Spain at the weekend.

Playing in the final qualifying event at PGA Catalunya’s Tour Course, the Thetford professional was in a tie for 12th position after an excellent three under par round of 67 which included a run of four birdies in five holes around the turn.

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The event got off to a slow start, with frost on the courses meaning only one round was completed over the first two days.

Leading the way was another Englishman Steve Lewton, who opened with a 63, while Australian Andrew Tampion and Frenchman Jean-Francois Lucquin were a shot further back.

But Dodd had a disappointing second day with a four over par 76 around the more difficult Stadium Course on Monday to finish in a tie for 77th position.

On Monday German Florian Fritsch was leading the way on eight under par after rounds of 69 and 65 at Catalunya’s two courses.

Dodd made it through to final qualifying for the European Tour, thanks to a nerve-tingling, last-gasp finish last week.

It included a see-sawing final round in treacherous weather conditions at Costa Ballena – and a lost ball up a tree. But Dodd came through.