Jason Palmer has continued his meteoric rise towards golf’s highest ranks by securing his European Tour Card with a runner-up finish at the National Bank of Oman Golf Classic from 30 October – 02 November 2014.
The Kirby Muxloe professional shot a four under par final round of 68 to elevate him up the leaderboard to second place on five under par. Palmer now stands at seventh place in the rankings on €105,886, enough to secure his path to the 2015 Race to Dubai regardless of his finishing position at the final event of the season, the Dubai Festival City Challenge Tour Grand Final.
Palmer has enjoyed incredible success in recent weeks after securing his maiden Challenge Tour title at the Foshan Open in China with an impressive final round of 69, winning by a single stroke from compatriot Ben Evans. The cheque for €43,594 was the biggest of his career to date, and the momentum from this event carried him into second place in Oman, only narrowly missing out on making it back-to-back victories.
Palmer’s spectacular rise in golf is all the more impressive for the fact that last season he was playing on the Alps Tour, one level down from the Challenge Tour. After securing a comprehensive first place finish, he has needed just a single season to rise through the ranks of the Challenge Tour to join next season’s European Tour.
The Crouch Logistics professional has pioneered an almost unheard of one-handed technique for chip shots and bunker shots, after experimenting with ways in which to improve his short-game. Soon he will be able to test his unusual technique against some of Europe’s finest golfers including Rory McIlroy, Justin Rose, Sergio Garcia and Henrik Stenson.
Jason was delighted by his success commenting: “Surreal would be the word I would use. Two weeks ago I never thought that I would be stood here today with a European Tour card.
“It won’t sink in until I get home and have a think about next season and how I’m going to go about things because I was planning on probably being on the Challenge Tour again next year. It’s great though, it’s where I want to be and I’m really looking forward to it. It’s been my goal since turning pro and this is my fifth year. So it seems like the right time to try and mix it with the big boys.”
Over the years, Jason has acquired a number of sponsors including Crouch Logistics, the Farmfoods British Par 3 Championship, Titleist, Ping and Crest Link Apparel. He also works extensively with Nutrafit, who provide fully comprehensive health, fitness and nutritional services.
Leicestershire based management agency Champions of Golf have been with Palmer every step of the way since 2012, and has a stable of talent that includes Ryder Cup legend Tony Jacklin CBE, European Senior Tour star Gary Wolstenholme MBE and his fellow Challenge Tour professionals Scott Henry and Scott Arnold.