Jason Palmer: Leicestershire golfer under pressure to play competitively again


Jason Palmer made his name on tour by playing the majority of his chip shots one handed

Injured golfer Jason Palmer says that he is on a deadline to start playing competitively on the European Tour again – or he will lose his card.

Palmer, 33, has been sidelined by an ongoing wrist problem since June 2015.

Although he has a three-year European Tour medical exemption, it runs out in 2018 and he must play at least five tournaments by the end of the year.

“No matter which avenue I turn down I can’t seem to choose the right path,” he told BBC Radio Leicester.

“I have put my faith in the doctors’ hands and so far none of the specialists I’ve seen has come up with the answer.

“I still have a medical exemption for the European Tour. I get to play five starts and then work out my new category based on how I perform in those five starts. But I’m told that, if I don’t take them this year, I will no longer have any category on the European Tour.

“I’d be back to where I started and have no status to play on any tour. That puts me under pressure to get myself back to fitness.”

The Leicestershire golfer has not played since missing the cut in Munich at the BMW International Open in June 2015 – a week after his career highlight, playing in the US Open at Chambers Bay.

But it is now exactly three years on from the two most successful weeks of his career. He won the Foshan Open