The youngster from Gauteng needed to finished the season ranked 15th or better in the earnings list and came into the week in 19th place, which meant the season finale was do-or-die territory.
“Heading into this year, my goal was to finish top 15 and to achieve that goal is incredible. It really is something special, to fulfil a life goal is unimaginably special to me.”
The 22-year-old made the weekend after shooting two rounds of 71, but had some hard work ahead of him. He began to rise up the leaderboard when he shot a moving-day 68and had a real chance heading into Sunday.
It came down to nerves during the final round, but Stone held up under the pressure. He went tearing out in 32 to turn at four-under-par for the day and then ground out nine consecutive pars on the back nine to sign for 68.
“Today I started like a house on fire, hit a few nervy shots on the back nine but hit a few awesome shots and a few awesome putts and to go 68, 68 at the weekend is more than I could have asked for,” he said.
The future star proved that he belonged on the European Tour and was rewarded with a year’s worth of playing privileges.
“It hasn’t fully sunk in yet. It feels great considering the downs I’ve had this year but euphoria at the moment. To play the way that I did at the weekend, to shoot eight under with those weather conditions was incredible,” he said.