Evans regains his place on the European Tour

Ryan Evans will be back on the European Tour next year
Ryan Evans will be back on the European Tour next year

Ryan Evans will be playing on the European Tour next year after regaining his card with another high finish on the Challenge Tour.

The Wellingborough professional, who played on the main tour for the first time last season, grabbed his eighth top-10 finish of the year by securing a share of third prize in the Foshan Open in China.

After shooting two rounds of 70 to make the cut, the 30-year-old rose up the leaderboard after carding six birdies and no dropped shots in a magnificent 66 on day three.

With the event having the biggest purse on the Challenge Tour in 2017, Evans kept his composure on the final day as he bagged three consecutive early birdies in a closing 70.

Despite dropping from sixth to seventh in the Order of Merit, the former Northamptonshire amateur champion has already accumulated enough points to guarantee a European Tour place for 2018.

Evans said: “Thanks to all my friends and family and girlfriend for all your support – not just this year

but throughout my golfing career.

“It’s been a great season on the Challenge Tour this year.

“I notched up my first win in Turkey and it feels great to get a tied third in China to secure my European Tour card.”