LEE SLATTERY was left feeling under the weather in more ways than one at the Barclays Singapore Open.
But after finishing in a share of 29th to strengthen his hopes of securing a place in the lucrative end of season finale in Dubai, the Southport golfer declared it “job done.”
Slattery had arrived in the Far East thinking he had made it into the top 60 qualifying positions following the withdrawal of Open champion Ernie Els, only to discover that there are now only 59 places up for grabs.
A couple of weeks off had seen the Formby Hall player slip from 58th to 61st in the Race to Dubai rankings, but after defying a cold, the humid conditions and the suspensions for rain, he was satisfied with his return at the tough Serapong course.
Slattery had rounds of 72 69 72 70 for a 283 total which could have been better but for a couple of visits to the water.
“The fourth day crowds around the ninth and 18th greens at Sentosa Island were large and pretty loud,” Slattery explained. “No wonder, as I was finishing my final round on the ninth, on the 18th Rory McIlroy was sinking a 30 foot eagle put which appeared to have clinched his Race to Dubai title.
“My achievement in making a par four on a green barely 50 yards was not in the same league.
“But I had come to Singapore looking to consolidate my place in the final and thought I probably needed to win around 30,000 euros to clinch it.
“But as signed for a two under par 70 I was inside the top 30 and heading for a 40,000 plus cheque. Job done.”
Slattery had actually climbed into the top 15, but he twice found the water at the fifth with iron shots into the wind and ran up a triple bogey.
Slattery admitted: “I did have trouble with the wind and did not play as well as I would have liked, but overall it was a satisfying four days.”