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SPORTS UPDATE: Lucky 13 should get Euan his card.

SCOT Euan Little can't wait to get his hands on a European Tour card - because the Scot is bored with life in Spain.

The Portpatrick pro goes into today's last round of the qualifying school final in 13th place after posting a three-under 68 at the Emporda course on the Costa Brava for a 16-under-par 341.

The top 35 and ties will gain membership of the European Tour at the end of the sixth round and Little, 26, is confident that he will be returning to Scotland with a card after a marathon fortnight on the Spanish coast.

He said: "It's unbelievably tedious. I played in stage two of qualifying which has meant I've been out here for two weeks. I've played 12 rounds of golf in 15 days and it's getting boring.

"It's the same routine every single day. You get up at the same time, go to the range at the same time. It starts to wear you down and it becomes hard to focus but you've got to be patient.

"The film Groundhog Day was on television in my hotel the other night but I switched it off. I think I know how he felt."

Inverness ace Murray Urquhart also kept his European Tour dream alive with a 68. The former Scottish Boys strokeplay champ lies in 32nd place in the standings on an 11-under 346.

But Haggs Castle rookie Barry Hume wrote his own chances off after slumping to a one-over 72.

The 20-year-old, who led the field after a sparkling 65 on Friday, tumbled down to 58th place on a seven-under 350, four shots off a card-winning place.

He said: "I have absolutely no chance. With the way I'm playing I'll be lucky to break par on the last round."

ATHLETICS: Scottish Commonwealth Games hero Jamie Quarry is to pull his running shoes on again to train for the London Marathon.

The decathlete quit athletics after winning a bronze medal in Manchester earlier this year.

But the Falkirk Victoria star is coming out of retirement to run in London in April to raise money for the Ron Pickering Memorial Fund which helps young athletes.

CRICKET: Veteran batsman Bruce Patterson has been handed the chance to carry on scoring for Scotland after earning a dramatic recall to the international set-up.

Ayr ace Patterson, controversially axed last season, is included in a 34-man squad to prepare for next summer's entry into the English National League.

The hard-hitting opener, who will be 38 in January, had been written off by some.

Scottish Cricket's chief executive Gwynne Jones said: "Experience is definitely going to be a valuable commodity against the counties."

No fewer than eight of Scotland's triumphant European U-19 champions are promoted to the seniors.

CYCLING: Scot Ross Edgar was top performer in a four-man Great Britain team at the Grand Prix des Nations in Bordeaux, taking fourth place in the flying lap with a time of 12.948 seconds.
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Publication:Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Nov 20, 2002
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