Slattery is in the money again after going down a storm on Costa del Sol

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Lee Slattery made an immediate return to the European Tour after sharing second place in the qualifying school final at San Roque on Spain's Costa del Sol yesterday. The 29-year-old from Southport harnessed the menacing gusts which buffeted the New Course and posted a closing 72 for a nine-under aggregate of 423 to finish two shots behind the No 1 qualifier, Martin Wiegele of Austria.

Slattery, a former Challenge Tour order of merit winner, lost his tour card at the end of the season by £50 on the rankings but responded to the blow over the past six days. After a battling final round which included three bogeys, a double-bogey and a haul of a five birdies, Slattery, who finished alongside Spaniard Pedro Linhart, said: "I feel I belong on the European Tour and it is good to bounce straight back.

"I arrived here fresh after a couple of weeks off and I thought that might give me an advantage. It has paid off. After missing out by one place on the order of merit, it's good to come here and achieve what I have achieved."