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Forsyth appeal is turned down

Scotland's Alastair Forsyth failed in his attempt to win back his place on the European Tour on Wednesday.

The European Tour's tournament committee has backed the executive's decision to include the cancelled American Express World Championship as a Volvo Order of Merit ranking event.

The competition was scratched in September because of the terrorist attacks on the United States and left some players short of the minimum 11 ranking events needed to be placed in the Order of Merit.

The tour's decision means that Sergio Garcia remains on the money list and Forsyth's finishing position remains at 116th - one too many for Category Seven membership.

But the committee sympathised with Forsyth's situation and guaranteed the 25-year-old sufficient invitations next season.

These invitations, which are in addition to the tournaments his existing ranking enables him to play, would ensure a slightly higher than average number of starts next year.

Forsyth originally complained about counting the cancelled event after missing out by just one place on his tour card for next season.

He finished 116th in the Order of Merit, but only the top 115 are guaranteed an automatic place on the Tour next year.

It meant that Forsyth had to return to pre-season qualifying school last month in order to secure his card.

His manager Ian Doyle was unhappy that one of the automatic places has been claimed by Spain's Sergio Garciadespite his having played only 10 Tour events this season, one less than required for European Tour membership.

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