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Campbell scores a season in Europe

Canberra's Nikki Campbell will turn her focus to winning a national title on her home course after securing a place on the Ladies European Tour on Tuesday.

Having lost her card in Japan after a decade on that tour, Campbell secured a berth on the rich European circuit by finishing in a tie for second in the qualifying tournament in Morocco.

Campbell, 32, fired a final round six-under-par on the Al Maaden course at Marrakech to finish 19-under.

She will return home to prepare for the Australia Open at Royal Canberra, from February 14-17.

''I've always wanted to come and play [in Europe], so I've been playing in Japan the last 10 years and things were getting the same old … something new is pretty exciting,'' Campbell said.

''I'm looking forward to going home [to Canberra]. It's been a while since I've been home so it should be nice. The Women's Australian Open is at my home club, so that should be fun.''


Campbell was one of three Australians to win a place on the European tour, joining Sarah King and Whitney Hillier.

For King, it wasn't an easy day at all. The South Australian started the final round inside the top 10, but she hit a major hurdle with a nine on the par-4 fifth hole.

King showed composure beyond her years to recover and post a three-over 75 to finish at eight-under and tied for 20th.

The rookie professional was ecstatic to qualify for the tour.

''It means the world - all the hard work that I've put in since I started golf at 12 years old,'' she said.

''This is what we live for: to be able to play professional golf, have a full card on the tour.

''I had a pretty good start, a couple of pars and then a birdie and then had a bit of a mind lapse on the fifth hole and over-clubbed and hit it in the water, and then hit it in the water again with my chip shot and made nine on that hole, so I had to re-group from there.

''It was probably mentally the toughest game of golf I've ever played, but I think I got there in the end - it was a bit of a struggle.''

Hillier was the final Australian to finish in the top 30, with the West Australian posting a 73 to finish at nine-under-par and tied for 17th position.

Thailand's Ariya Jutanugarn won the tour school event by five shots from England's Emily Taylor and Campbell. AAP