Wednesday, November 28, 2012

THREE SCOTS IN QUALIFYING ZONE


By COLIN FARQUHARSON
Colin@scottishgolfview.com
 Three Scots - George Murray, Gary Orr and Calum Macaulay - are within the top-25 qualifying zone with just one round to play in the 108-hole European Tour Final Qualifying School at PGA Catalunya in north-east Spain.
Only the precise number of the leading 25 will earn playing rights on the European Tour with a play-off, if necessary, to eliminate those tieing for 25th place.
Murray and Orr are sharing 18th place on six-under-par 350. Both matched the par of 72 over the Stadium Course (7,333yd) and are 11 shots behind the new leader by four, Englishman John Parry who shot a six-under 66 for 17-under 339.
Macaulay had the lowest score of the remaining Scots. A three-under 69 for five-under 351 lifted him up to a share of 22nd place.
But for Alastair Forsyth (354) and Andrew McArthur (358) it looks like mission impossible on the final day. At the moment, the projected cut-off point for winning players' cards is five-under-par 351.
Forsyth had a 71 in the fifth round for 354 while McArthur's steady climb up the standings after a disastrous opening round of 80 came to a halt with a three-over 75 for 358. At two-over par his fate looks sealed.

PARRY LEADS BY FOUR AT Q SCHOOL
 
NEWS RELEASE FROM EUROPEAN TOUR COMMUNICATIONS
By NEIL AHERN
European Tour Press Officer
Englishman John Parry carded the joint-best round of the day, a six under par 66, to move into a four shot lead going into the final day of Qualifying School Final Stage and end Estanislao Goya’s four-day reign at the summit.
As tensions rise ahead of the exciting finale in one of golf’s most gruelling contests, big moves into the all-important top 25 were at a premium, leaving it all to play for in the final round for many of the 73 European Tour hopefuls who made the cut.
 
Parry is well on course for a return to The Race to Dubai thanks in part to a superb run of three successive birdies from the 15th - including one of only two birdies all day at the difficult par four 17th - which moved him to 17 under par, well clear of Finn Mikko Korhonen, German amateur Moritz Lampert and England’s Matthew Southgate.
“I have played better than that in the last couple of days to be honest,” said Parry. “I hit it quite poorly off the tee but I was decent for seven holes and I was just holing putt after putt.
“I feel I have a lot less pressure now because for me to not get a card from this position would be horrific, so I almost feel my card is in the bag. I am playing well so I’m pretty relaxed for tomorrow.”
 
FIFTH ROUND TOTALS
Leading 25 players at end of Round 6
will gain playing rights on European Tour
Par 356 (3x72, 2x70)
339 J Parry (Eng) 71 71 64 67 66
343 M Korhonen (Fin) 74 62 66 71 70; M Southgate  (Eng) 72 70 65 68 68; M Lampert (am) (Ger) 70 67 65 71 70
344 M Lundberg (Swe) 68 68 65 73 70; A Sullivan (Eng) 71 67 65 69 72
345 A Snobeck  (Fra) 69 67 68 69 72; M Nixon (Eng) 68 72 67 68 70; B Åkesson (Swe) 70 72 66 67 70
346 R McEvoy  (Eng) 67 72 64 70 73
347 P Erofejeff (Fin) 72 67 66 73 69
348 E Goya (Arg) 64 71 64 73 76; E De La Riva  (Esp) 70 70 65 73 70; D Gaunt (Aus) 74 68 68 69 69; J Lagergren (Swe) 71 66 67 70 74; M Madsen  (Den) 78 66 64 70 70
349 M Delpodio  (Ita) 67 69 65 79 69
350 D Im (USA) 72 66 70 72 70; G Murray  (Sco) 66 71 70 71 72; O Floren  (Swe) 71 66 70 72 71; G Orr (Sco) 67 69 68 74 72
351 S Little (Eng) 70 68 67 77 69; C Macaulay  (Sco) 71 71 66 74 69; D Higgins (Irl) 73 64 68 74 72; C Del Moral (Esp) 70 71 68 72 70

PROJECTED CUT-OFF POINT FOR LEADING
25 AFTER ROUND SIX 

352 B An (Kor) 69 72 66 75 70; L Jensen (Den) 70 74 65 74 69; M Sell  (Eng) 74 67 68 73 70; M Jonzon (Swe) 74 69 66 70 73; T Remkes (Ned) 71 72 68 69 72; J Lima  (Por) 76 67 64 74 71; J Timmis (Eng) 74 69 66 77 66; S Arnold  (Aus) 67 73 67 72 73
353 P Hedblom (Swe) 70 69 66 76 72; D Griffiths  (Eng) 67 72 70 75 69; A Levy (Fra) 68 72 71 67 75; O Wilson (Eng) 75 68 72 70 68
354 A Forsyth (Sco) 75 65 68 75 71; C Lloyd (Eng) 73 69 68 75 69; S Benson (Eng) 75 70 67 70 72;
355 M Glauert (Ger) 73 70 64 74 74; T Fisher Jnr (RSA) 69 71 71 74 70; A Marshall (Eng) 75 67 67 77 69; A Domingo (Esp) 70 70 69 72 74
356 C Brazillier  (Fra) 69 74 66 75 72; N Ravano (Ita) 74 70 69 72 71; G Boyd  (Eng) 76 70 73 67 70; J Huldahl (Den) 76 70 72 66 72; D Kemmer (USA) 79 66 74 66 71; S Dodd (Wal) 77 70 68 68 73
357 H Bacher (Aut) 74 68 66 75 74; O Bekker (RSA) 73 72 71 67 74; D Dixon (Eng) 72 74 73 66 72; J Ruth  (Eng) 70 71 69 76 71; T Haylock  (Eng) 74 72 71 68 72; J Barnes (Eng) 77 69 74 65 72
358 J Hugo  (RSA) 71 72 64 77 74; J Glennemo (Swe) 72 69 68 73 76; F Calmels  (Fra) 72 72 65 75 74; Å Nilsson (Swe) 74 69 68 74 73; A McArthur  (Sco) 80 67 71 65 75; M Brier (Aut) 71 69 73 70 75; S Hutsby  (Eng) 74 68 73 70 73
359 T Pilkadaris (Aus) 75 73 71 67 73; D Vancsik (Arg) 75 68 68 73 75; T Murray (Eng) 68 72 70 73 76; C Kim (USA) 73 66 69 77 74; R McGowan  (Eng) 77 71 70 66 75
360 S Kim (Kor) 78 67 77 63 75
362 W Besseling  (Ned) 69 73 70 72 78
363 J Howarth (Eng) 75 67 69 75 77; T Van Der Walt (RSA) 71 69 70 72 81
364 S Norris  (RSA) 68 72 71 73 80

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