Arendell relishes European, Web.com tour options

Connor Arendell during European Tour Q-School in 2013.

He’s got favorable options, even if they bring with them difficult decisions. But the bottom line is, Connor Arendell is in an enviable position because of a talented stretch of golf.

The Cape Coral, Fla., native is back home and taking some time off after a whirlwind of successful golf. Since September he has advanced through all three stages of the European Q-School and two stages of the Web.com Tour Q-School. He’s played 22 rounds in 43 under, but still to be determined is exactly where he’ll be for the 2014 season.

“I do have options,” said Arendell, who played collegiately at Louisville for one year and at Central Florida for two. “But I’m pretty tired right now, so we’re still talking (things out).”

In late September, Arendell made it through a first-stage site in Italy, then two weeks later he got past first-stage in Lakeland, Fla. Back to his European challenge, the 23-year-old played two weeks in Spain – finishing fourth at his second-stage test, then joint eighth in the final stage.

Had he wanted to enjoy the European Tour card he had just secured, Arendell didn’t really have the time. He went from Spain to Plantation, Fla., where he got through that Web.Com Tour second-stage fight on the number.

Arendell is one of four Americans to have earned a playing card through this year’s European Q-School – John Hahn, Brinson Paolini, and Jason Knutzon being the others. But while those young men have pretty much decided on Europe, Arendell is keeping his options open. The Web.com Tour Q-School final is scheduled for Dec. 17-22, and he hasn’t ruled it out.

The European lure in many ways “seems a no-brainer; you can get world-ranking points faster and there’s more money,” Arendell said. But a lot of planning and a lot of travel goes into it, so that’s what he needs to focus on before any decision is made.

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