European Tour Qualifying School Final Stage R5

Final Stage set for dramatic finish

November 15-20
Lumine Golf Club, Tarragona, Spain
Round 1, Round 2, Round 3, Round 4, Round 6


The battle to earn European Tour playing privileges will go down to the wire with 22 players within three shots of the all-important 25th position, while Benjamin Poke posted a two under par round of 69 to retain the European Tour Qualifying School Final Stage lead at the end of the fifth day.

European Q-School R5 - Final Stage set for dramatic finish
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“I’ve just tried to approach every round and every day in the same way and just hit one shot at a time. A few ups and downs out there today but that is golf and there is no day that is the same, so overall, I’m really happy with today’s performance.

“I was feeling the nerves a little bit at the start but once I got it going it just felt like another day out on the golf course and I was just enjoying playing golf. I had some nice playing partners and we just talked along the way. Four back-to-back birdies is always nice to get your game going as well and I managed to hole the putts over the opening few holes which gave me some good momentum.

“I hit my second shot on the ninth a little right and it managed to plug itself in the edge of the bunker so I got a little bit unlucky there but I thought ‘that’s just how it is sometimes’ and again I just tried to keep my eye on the next shot.

“The strategy tomorrow is just to keep doing all the same things we’ve been doing all week. We have a good game plan on how to approach the course and in that way circumstances don’t really change. So, if we do that, then we will make a good score and we take it as it comes.”


The Dane has set the pace at Lumine Golf Club since day two and he will head into the final round atop the leaderboard on 18 under par, two strokes ahead of Finland’s Sami Valimaki on 16 under and three ahead of Frenchman Adrien Saddier and India’s S.S.P Chawrasia, who share third place on 15 under par.

“It’s been a really good five days for me, especially today I started really well going two under on my first four holes, which let me breathe a little bit,” said Valimaki. “It wasn’t great to bogey the last hole, but to shoot three under today is pretty good.

“Tomorrow I just have to feel really comfortable and start again. I’ve been hitting the ball really well, so I’ll just have to keep letting the putter make the short ones and see where it leaves me at the end of the day.”

Poke is currently nine shots inside the cut-off for a European Tour card, with the top 25 and ties earning European Tour cards following the conclusion of tomorrow’s sixth and final round.

Last year’s Qualifying School joint-winner Alejandro Cañizares is one of six men who share fifth place on 14 under par, a group which also includes three-time European Tour winner Grégory Havret, Englishmen Marcus Armitage and Toby Tree, Canada’s Aaron Cockerill and Korean Jinho Choi.

“You feel good when you play well, especially in this kind of week,” acknowledged Havret. “It’s long, it’s physically and mentally not easy, but that’s what you have to deal with.

“After last year I still wanted to play golf and I had the opportunity to play the Challenge Tour and I think it’s a great Tour. I wanted to play a full year there and try to get back to the European Tour through the Challenge Tour, instead of playing a few European Tour events and a few Challenge Tour events, I thought it was good to stick on one Tour, and I really enjoyed it, I must say.

“To be tied fifth after five rounds of a professional golf tournament is pretty good, but there are still 18 holes to go and anything can happen, so the important thing is that I keep focusing on the same things I have all season on the Challenge Tour and all week here at Q-School.”


While those near the top of the leaderboard will be looking to consolidate their position during the final round of the tournament, there are still plenty of men aiming for a last-minute breakthrough into the top 25.

Englishman Steven Tiley and Spain’s Pedro Oriol both carded three under par rounds of 68 to move into a tie for 33rd place, just one stroke outside the top 25, while Ireland’s Niall Kearney and Scotland’s Daniel Young each posted four under par rounds of 68 to join the group on the cusp of the qualification spots.


The biggest mover of the day was five-time European Tour winner Darren Fichardt, who posted a sublime seven under par round of 64 to move from the cut-line and into a tie for 16th place, which offers the South African a great opportunity to regain his playing privileges after finishing 130th this year in the Race to Dubai.

“I needed that, big time. The first few rounds have been very frustrating. I’ve been playing well and simply haven’t been making the putts, so it was nice to hit a few really close and have some tap-in birdies on the front nine and then just close it out on my back nine.

“I just wanted to keep giving myself the chances this morning and hope that the putts kept dropping, so I did better than that. My front nine was really tricky, it was really windy so for me to turn in five under was unbelievable really. I was just trying to be more aggressive today and pitch it closer to the hole and I found myself hitting it in really close.”

The final round will begin at 9.00am local time on Wednesday November 20, where the top 25 players and ties will earn life-changing European Tour cards for the 2020 season.


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By GT Editor
Pos.
Player
To Par
R1
R2
R3
R4
R5
Total
1
POKE, Benjamin
-18
67
67
69
67
69
2
VALIMAKI, Sami
-16
67
68
73
65
68
3
CHAWRASIA, S.S.P.
-15
69
66
71
67
69
SADDIER, Adrien
-15
68
72
67
67
68
5
CHOI, Jinho
-14
68
72
69
64
70
CAÑIZARES, Alejandro
-14
66
71
74
64
68
ARMITAGE, Marcus
-14
68
72
69
65
69
TREE, Toby
-14
67
67
72
68
69
HAVRET, Grégory
-14
68
70
71
66
68
COCKERILL, Aaron
-14
73
66
69
67
68
11
MCLEOD, Jake
-13
70
69
68
70
67
12
SCHNEIDER, Marcel
-12
69
69
69
67
71
PIGEM, Carlos
-12
71
66
73
66
69
SCIOT-SIEGRIST, Robin
-12
68
71
72
67
67
CANTER, Laurie
-12
68
71
70
70
66
16
FICHARDT, Darren
-11
71
72
68
71
64
VAN MEIJEL, Lars
-11
69
71
65
70
71
VON DELLINGSHAUSEN, Nicolai
-11
68
68
71
67
72
HØJGAARD, Rasmus
-11
73
68
71
68
66
20
LIMA, José-Filipe
-10
71
68
72
70
66
COUPLAND, Dave
-10
69
71
71
67
69
PETERSSON, Robin
-10
70
70
74
64
69
GONNET, Jean-Baptiste
-10
66
72
75
65
69
PORTEOUS, Garrick
-10
70
71
70
68
68
25
VEERMAN, Johannes
-9
74
74
67
67
66
25
LONG, Hurly
-9
67
71
71
65
74
BESSELING, Wil
-9
69
67
73
70
69
WHITNELL, Dale
-9
69
70
73
66
70
NIENABER, Wilco
-9
69
73
70
65
71
DREDGE, Bradley
-9
70
71
69
69
69
CALDWELL, Jonathan
-9
71
69
72
67
69
GANDY, Tom
-9
70
70
73
66
69
33
TILEY, Steven
-8
73
69
73
66
68
FIGUEIREDO, Pedro
-8
68
70
69
71
71
ORIOL, Pedro
-8
67
72
77
65
68
KEARNEY, Niall
-8
71
72
70
69
67
YOUNG, Daniel
-8
69
69
72
72
67
VAN WEST, Robbie
-8
70
69
71
68
71
SCALISE, Lorenzo
-8
67
69
73
70
70
HØJGAARD, Nicolai
-8
69
70
73
68
69
WRISDALE, Jordan
-8
69
72
70
68
70
42
LEMKE, Niklas
-7
67
70
72
72
69
DIXON, David
-7
71
68
69
67
75
KARLBERG, Rikard
-7
72
70
71
69
68
LEON, Hugo
-7
71
72
68
68
71
HIGGO, Garrick
-7
72
67
69
70
72
47
FENASSE, Mathieu
-6
71
73
69
69
69
SIEM, Marcel
-6
73
71
68
70
69
DE JAGER, Louis
-6
69
68
70
68
76
MOYNIHAN, Gavin
-6
70
69
75
68
69
EASTON, Bryce
-6
73
70
66
69
73
FELTON, Jarryd
-6
70
77
66
68
70
FERGUSON, Ewen
-6
71
72
69
64
75
GAVINS, Daniel
-6
74
67
67
71
72
55
KIM, Sihwan
-5
73
70
68
71
70
HOWIE, Craig
-5
72
70
70
70
70
BALDWIN, Matthew
-5
74
69
69
70
70
KASKE, Janne
-5
72
73
70
66
71
59
COUSSAUD, Ugo
-4
71
72
71
68
71
ERIKSSON, Philip
-4
68
74
71
68
72
CATLIN, John
-4
65
73
73
70
72
WALKER, Euan
-4
67
73
70
70
73
WARREN, Marc
-4
71
72
67
69
74
64
RITCHIE, JC
-3
71
69
76
65
73
KARLSSON, Anton
-3
71
72
68
71
72
HENSON, Berry
-3
72
67
72
70
73
PAPADATOS, Dimitrios
-3
68
69
73
69
75
SANDBORG, Jesper
-3
69
70
74
68
73
69
STOW, Ben
-1
72
72
69
69
74
LAWSON, Deyen
-1
71
72
68
70
75
KIM, Minkyu
-1
68
71
70
73
74
MATUS, Stanislav
-1
70
71
68
72
75
73
LINARD, Thomas
PAR
73
71
68
70
75
74
STAL, Gary
1
71
73
68
70
76
ZEMMER, Aron
1
68
70
74
68
78
76
LEE, Taehee
3
73
67
71
70
79
HANNA, Chase
3
72
73
68
68
79
Missed Cut
78
EVANS, Ben
-3
71
70
72
70
283
ONEAL, Timothy
-3
70
71
72
70
283
JOHNSTON, Liam
-3
72
69
76
66
283
VAN TONDER, Daniel
-3
69
73
74
67
283
PERRIER, Damien
-3
71
72
66
74
283
SCHIETEKAT, Neil
-3
69
71
71
72
283
KEMMER, Dodge
-3
70
73
67
73
283
VIRTO, Borja
-3
69
70
75
69
283
DAWSON, Robin
-3
70
71
72
70
283
REITAN, Kristoffer
-3
70
71
74
68
283
88
NILSSON, Åke
-2
70
73
69
72
284
LINDBERG, Mikael
-2
71
75
71
67
284
MRUZEK, Filip
-2
75
72
67
70
284
91
WINDRED, Blake
-1
71
67
75
72
285
FDEZ-CASTAÑO, Gonzalo
-1
71
77
66
71
285
HUTCHINSON, Ben
-1
69
73
76
67
285
KRUYSWIJK, Jacques
-1
69
75
69
72
285
QUINONES, Douglas
-1
76
71
68
70
285
96
HELLGREN, Björn
PAR
73
70
72
71
286
HIDALGO, Angel
PAR
72
71
71
72
286
QUESNE, Julien
PAR
68
74
75
69
286
CANNON, Christopher
PAR
71
73
70
72
286
SIMONSEN, Martin
PAR
74
71
68
73
286
FISHER JNR, Trevor
PAR
75
69
69
73
286
KRISTJANSSON, Gudmundur
PAR
72
67
75
72
286
GREGORY, Scott
PAR
68
75
71
72
286
SJÖHOLM, Joel
PAR
76
70
70
70
286
RUUSKA, Lauri
PAR
72
75
64
75
286
106
KRISTENSEN, Nicolai
1
72
71
75
69
287
SORDET, Clément
1
72
71
68
76
287
McGOWAN, Ross
1
71
71
74
71
287
GEARY, Josh
1
74
68
72
73
287
ENEFER, Will
1
73
76
63
75
287
BOURDY, Grégory
1
72
70
75
70
287
ENOCH, Rhys
1
75
69
69
74
287
KING, Gary
1
74
72
70
71
287
114
KAHLOS, Juuso
2
74
69
69
76
288
RUMFORD, Brett
2
70
72
75
71
288
EGGENBERGER, Mathias
2
72
70
73
73
288
SAAVEDRA, Sebastien
2
71
74
70
73
288
FAHRBRING, Jens
2
70
69
76
73
288
JOHANSEN, Eirik Tage
2
71
70
72
75
288
120
ZUNIC, Jordan
3
70
73
68
78
289
LACROIX, Frederic
3
71
72
71
75
289
FLANAGAN, Nick
3
74
69
73
73
289
ROSENMÜLLER, Thomas
3
74
70
70
75
289
PETURSSON, Bjarki
3
74
66
77
72
289
JONES, Jimmy
3
76
70
69
74
289
126
WATTEL, Romain
4
72
75
71
72
290
GILCHREST, Matt
4
73
74
74
69
290
FERGUSON, Ben
4
72
70
75
73
290
CUARTERO BLANCO, Emilio
4
74
70
70
76
290
MURRAY, Zach
4
70
73
69
78
290
131
THOMSON, Jonathan
5
73
74
71
73
291
HIRST, Louis
5
75
76
72
68
291
MUTHIYA, Madalitso
5
73
72
72
74
291
134
BRISCOE, Ben
6
76
72
72
72
292
ROTTLUFF, Max
6
71
73
72
76
292
ARNOY, Jarand Ekeland
6
72
74
65
81
292
GLENNEMO, Jacob
6
74
69
71
78
292
138
MULROY, Garth
7
74
74
69
76
293
MICHELUZZI, David
7
74
75
63
81
293
HOEY, Michael
7
71
79
72
71
293
DECOTTIGNIES-LAFON, Mathieu
7
75
79
68
71
293
BJORNSSON, Andri
7
72
73
71
77
293
BLOMSTRAND, Christofer
7
75
71
73
74
293
HAWKES, Simon
7
70
76
73
74
293
145
SLATTERY, Lee
8
71
72
73
78
294
RITTHAMMER, Bernd
8
68
78
73
75
294
147
DE LA RIVA, Eduardo
9
71
76
75
73
295
GROS, Sébastien
9
72
72
74
77
295
149
SCHMITT, Max
10
74
69
70
83
296
150
GUSTAVSSON, Fredrik
11
81
72
71
73
297
151
MANASSERO, Matteo
15
78
72
75
76
301
152
WEBSTER, Steve
16
74
76
79
73
302
153
ROOS, Jake
17
72
74
80
77
303
W/D
DONALDSON, Jamie
73
72
145
W/D
LENGDEN, Oscar
72
71
77
220
W/D
MAUCHAZA, Nyasha
74
79
73
226