Canadian golfer Aaron Cockerill lands European Tour card

Aaron Cockerill
TARRAGONA, SPAIN - NOVEMBER 18: Aaron Cockerill of Canada during day four of the European Tour Qualifying School Final Stage at Lumine Lakes Golf Course on November 18 at Lumine Golf Club, 2019 in Tarragona, Spain. (Photo by Aitor Alcalde/Getty Images)

TARRAGONA, Spain – Canadian golfer Aaron Cockerill has earned a European Tour playing card for the 2019-20 season.

The native of Stony Mountain, Man., finished Wednesday’s sixth and final round tied for fifth at the tour’s final qualifying tournament, putting him well inside the top-25 cutoff for a full card.

Cockerill, 27, was 16 under for the tournament, nine strokes behind winner Benjamin Poke of Denmark.

Cockerill played on the Challenge Tour, the top feeder to the European Tour, this year. He finished 49th in the standings.

Cockerill made the trek overseas after spending the past three years on the Mackenzie Tour-PGA Tour Canada following a four-year NCAA run at the University of Idaho.

The European Tour often is called the second best tour in the world, behind the PGA Tour.

The 2019-20 season begins Nov. 28-Dec. 1 with the Alfred Dunhill Championship in South Africa.