Big fortnight for Justin

There’s a European Tour card on offer for the Challenge Tour’s top 20 and Justin Walters, who currently holds 17th, can use the €600,000 on offer over the next two weeks to consolidate his spot.

The €200,000 Russian Challenge Cup and the €400,000 Kazakhstan Open play out over the next two weeks, which gives Walters the perfect chance to consolidate his position.

With seven top-20s this year, Walters has kept himself within range of the frontrunners on the Challenge Tour. His best finish of the year came at the Kärnten Golf Open presented by Mazda, where a final-round 63 gave him into sole possession of third.

The 31-year-old headed for the Challenge Tour after plenty of success on the home-front, which includes two Sunshine Tour wins. But it’s his results in Europe that really show the depth of his skill – for plenty of successful South Africans struggle abroad.

Walters seem to have the knack for traveling, and has finished in the top 25 in all four of his latest Challenge Tour appearances. With seven events left on the schedule before the Tour Championship, one can be sure that Walters will be hunting further top-end finishes.

There are only three events on the schedule with a larger prize fund than the Russian Challenge Cup, which plays out over Tseleevo Golf & Polo Club, Moscow this week. Walters will look for a good result, but the real money will come at the Kazakhstan Open a week later.

The East offers plenty for our Country Club Johannesburg representative. With its €400,000 national open, Kazakhstan presents a real challenge for Walters, and it’s one he will surely rise to.

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