Scott Jamieson relief after keeping Tour card as Craig Lee prepares for Q-school
Scott Jamieson expressed sadness for fellow Scots who lost their European Tour cards as he breathed his own sigh of relief after a nervous finish.
The 32-year-old was joint 50th at the Portugal Masters to end the Race to Dubai three spots inside the top 111.
But compatriot Craig Lee missed out after dropping three places to 113th.
"It is a big relief," said Jamieson. "There are going to be a lot of guys who just miss out, some of them good friends as well, so I feel for them."
For Lee, a par four at his final hole in round two would have ensured he made the weekend cut - and retained his card for next year.
By dropping a shot, the 39-year-old will have to attend the European Tour qualifying school in Spain next month in order to win his place next year.
He will be joined there by compatriot Jamie McLeary, who finished 167th after also missing the cut in Vilamoura.
Paul Lawrie, who was 121st despite his best finish of the season, fifth in Portugal, and Stephen Gallacher, who finished in 12th in Portugal and 123rd overall, both maintained their full membership status as they are in the Top 40 all-time money earners on the European Tour.
Jamieson, from Glasgow, was thankful for a second-round 65 at the British Masters and improved form in August for keeping him in the hunt to retain his card.
"Last week at the British Masters, the round that I had on the Friday to make the cut there was massive," he said.
"That was nice to know that I can really do it under the gun with the card on the line, but I've got to find a way to be able to do that a little more often.
"It was a bit of a struggle the first half of this season, but since the Czech Masters, I've started to play a lot better.
"So it's nice to sneak over the line just at the end, but it's obviously not where I want to be at the end of the year.
"I want to be more at the top end of things and not wanting to have the sleepless nights or whatever it may be."
Four other Scots secured their tour card for next season - Russell Knox (30th), Marc Warren (66th), Richie Ramsay (68th) and David Drysdale (91st).
There are 156 places available at the qualifying school finals at the PGA Catalunya course in Spain, with the top 25 earning a tour card.
Grant Forrest, who turned professional this month and finished in a tie for 45th position at the Dunhill Links, will be among the Scots attempting to win their card.
He will be joined in stage two of qualifying next week in Spain by Ewan Ferguson and David Law.