Date: November 20, 2007

Millar on the brink at Q-School

Australian Matthew Millar is just one solid round away from securing his card for the 2008 European Tour. The 31-year-old from Canberra is entrenched in a tie for 17th place at five-under after firing a 71 in the fifth round of the European Tour&aposs qualifying school final at San Roque on the Costa del Sol. The top 30 players (plus ties) after Wednesday&aposs sixth and final round will earn full playing rights on next year&aposs tour. Compatriot Terry Pilkadaris and New Zealand&aposs Gareth Paddison are also well in contention to earn their cards, and will head into the closing round in an eight-way tie for 24th place at four-under. Paddison, who started the day in equal 60th spot, shot the second-best round of the day, including seven birdies and just two bogeys, to move up the leaderboard. Outright leader Martin Wiegele from Austria was the only player to better that score, hitting birdies on his last four holes to finish with an eight-under-par 64 for a 15-under total. He leads by four strokes from Thomas Aiken of South African and Spain&aposs Pablo Larrazabal, who are equal second at 11-under. Two other Australians, Scott Barr and Peter Senior, are still in with a chance of securing their cards, with both players at three-under and tied for 32nd. Englishman Lee Slattery, who missed out on retaining his tour card by just 50 pounds on the final order of merit this year, picked up a couple of birdies at 17 and 18 in a two-under 70 and moved into fourth place.