COUNTY Durham golfer Roger Roper suffered disappointment on the final day at European Tour Qualifying School yesterday.
After holding one of the top six spots that would have clinched a full card on Wednesday, Roper carded a 75 to drop down to three-over for the tournament at the Pestana Golf Resort.
The slip proved further costly too, as he also dropped out of the top 14, which would have secured a conditional card.
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Now the Darlington pro will be relying on invites and qualifying for Tour events this year.
That is the same situation facing Eaglescliffe pro Graeme Bell. He ended with a second 74 to finish the four days in the Algarve on eight over.
Matfen Hall's John Harrison was a shot further back after his final round 72.