European Tour Qualifying School Final Stage R6

Poke dominates Final Stage as 28 earn cards

November 15-20
Lumine Golf Club, Tarragona, Spain
Round 1, Round 2, Round 3, Round 4, Round 5


Benjamin Poke completed an emphatic six-stroke victory at European Tour Qualifying School Final Stage to run away with the title as 28 players earned life-changing European Tour cards.

European Q-School R6 - Poke dominates Final Stage
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“To play on the European Tour is something that you always dream about when you are young, so to finally stand here with my card is unbelievable.

“I know that when I get it going I can shoot really low and that I’m playing well but I was still really nervous going out there this morning. I kept trusting my game and trusted my swing and my game plan. I never relaxed though, because I know that anything can happen in this game, so it was a matter of just taking things one shot at a time.

“Some weeks on Challenge Tour this year I gave myself a good shot at lifting a title and unfortunately got beaten, but they were good weeks and good performances.


“Before this week I knew that I had developed my game a lot since last year. I was happy to reach the Road to Mallorca Grand Final and I was thinking that anything I managed to do this week was a bit of a bonus. I managed to keep that mentality all week and not get too far ahead of myself, just focus on the day in hand.

“I’m planning to celebrate this moment for a while. You work so hard and then there are times when you are struggling and it’s not easy, but you’ve got to get up and carry on and celebrate the good times when they happen.”

The Dane, who led from the second round at Lumine Golf Club, was in complete control throughout the marathon test, breaking 70 each day to post rounds of 67-67-69-67-69-64 and seal victory ahead of three-time European Tour winner Grégory Havret, who came second on 19 under par.

“I’ve missed the European Tour since last year and even though I had a great time playing on the Challenge Tour this season it was make-or-break for me this week in terms of my career, so it’s a big relief to secure my card this week,” said Havret.

‘’I’m turning 43 on Monday so I don’t have too long left in my career but I’m going to take the positives from this week and come back out on the Tour a little bit fresher and enjoy being back in the company of my friends on the European Tour.”


Poke, 27, has just completed his rookie season on the European Challenge Tour and will be joined on the top tier by his 18-year-old countryman Rasmus Højgaard, who overcame an opening-round 74 to finish Final Stage in a share of fifth place on 16 under par.

“It feels amazing to have my European Tour card,” said Højgaard. “It’s been such a long week to get it done feels very special.

“I kind of knew once Nicolai was on the back nine that he wasn’t going to get his card. It’s sad that he isn’t going to get his card and that we won’t be together on the European Tour next year but that’s just how it is sometimes. I can play good for a few weeks and then he can come in with a good few weeks, it’s different almost every week and that is how golf is sometimes.

“When I hit my tee shot on 17 then I knew that I was going to be OK and I just relaxed a little, and thought ‘I’ve got this now’ and to get a good drive away on the 18th was huge.”

The promise of a thrilling conclusion to Final Stage was fulfilled again on the Lakes Course as American Sihwan Kim carded an eight under par final round of 63 to jump 38 places and finish the tournament with a European Tour card in hand, as he cemented a share of 17th place

“I knew I had to post a number so I just went out there really aggressive, took the right lines and just swung at it.

“I’ve been in Europe for a while now, since 2012, so this is nothing new to me. I’m pretty tired but pretty happy about the score I posted.

“I knew what I had to do and I knew I had to post a really good number today so I just went out there and did it.”


Kim’s fellow American Johannes Veerman also completed an impressive turnaround, and after opening Final Stage with a pair of 74s, the 27-year-old came storming back to close with rounds of 67-67-66-66 to end the tournament on 14 under par, booking his ticket to the European Tour with a tied 13 th place finish.

The greatest excitement was delivered by Rikard Karlberg, who holed a 50-foot putt on the 108 th and final hole to finish in a tie for 25 th place, picking up the last available European Tour card. The emphatic end to the gruelling tournament completed an emotional comeback for the Swede, who returned to professional golf in 2019 following a battle with a serious infection and depression.

“I hit my second shot a bit further away from the pin than I wanted and had around 50 feet for birdie. I had a feeling all day that the number would be 12 under par, so I knew I needed to hole it. When I hit it, I thought it should be good and then I saw it was tracing the line perfectly and saw the speed and thought ‘come on, just reach’.

“The euphoria I felt was just happiness. I don’t think anyone really likes this week. It’s horrible. It’s pressure all week and you’re walking with tension and you don’t have much room for error. This week has been so frustrating with my putter; I missed so many putts and then to be able to hole that one when I needed, it just feels fantastic.


“I think I am a better golfer now than I was then. I’ve played a few years on Tour and I’ve learned about the pressure and I’ve learned that you need to hit the shots, even if you’re nervous.”

Frenchmen Havret, Jean-Baptiste Gonnet, Adrien Saddier and Robin Sciot-Siegrist all booked their tickets to the European Tour at Final Stage, equalling the record for the number of French players to graduate from Qualifying School.

The 2019 European Tour Qualifying School was contested over 252 holes in three stages across 14 different venues. A record number of 1,063 entrants bid for one of the coveted European Tour cards, surpassing the previous record of 1,026 from 2017.


Pos.
Player
To Par
R1
R2
R3
R4
R5
R6
Total
1
POKE, Benjamin
-25
67
67
69
67
69
64
403
2
HAVRET, Grégory
-19
68
70
71
66
68
66
409
3
CAÑIZARES, Alejandro
-18
66
71
74
64
68
67
410
4
CHAWRASIA, S.S.P.
-17
69
66
71
67
69
69
411
5
HØJGAARD, Rasmus
-16
73
68
71
68
66
66
412
6
CANTER, Laurie
-16
68
71
70
70
66
67
412
7
COCKERILL, Aaron
-16
73
66
69
67
68
69
412
8
SCIOT-SIEGRIST, Robin
-15
68
71
72
67
67
68
413
9
PIGEM, Carlos
-15
71
66
73
66
69
68
413
10
CHOI, Jinho
-15
68
72
69
64
70
70
413
11
SADDIER, Adrien
-15
68
72
67
67
68
71
413
12
VALIMAKI, Sami
-15
67
68
73
65
68
72
413
13
VEERMAN, Johannes
-14
74
74
67
67
66
66
414
14
PORTEOUS, Garrick
-14
70
71
70
68
68
67
414
15
MCLEOD, Jake
-14
70
69
68
70
67
70
414
16
ARMITAGE, Marcus
-14
68
72
69
65
69
71
414
17
KIM, Sihwan
-13
73
70
68
71
70
63
415
18
FIGUEIREDO, Pedro
-13
68
70
69
71
71
66
415
19
CALDWELL, Jonathan
-13
71
69
72
67
69
67
415
20
DREDGE, Bradley
-13
70
71
69
69
69
67
415
21
COUPLAND, Dave
-13
69
71
71
67
69
68
415
22
FICHARDT, Darren
-13
71
72
68
71
64
69
415
23
VAN MEIJEL, Lars
-13
69
71
65
70
71
69
415
24
TREE, Toby
-13
67
67
72
68
69
72
415
25
KARLBERG, Rikard
-12
72
70
71
69
68
66
416
26
LEMKE, Niklas
-12
67
70
72
72
69
66
416
27
WHITNELL, Dale
-12
69
70
73
66
70
68
416
28
GONNET, Jean-Baptiste
-12
66
72
75
65
69
69
416
29
FELTON, Jarryd
-11
70
77
66
68
70
66
417
30
YOUNG, Daniel
-11
69
69
72
72
67
68
417
31
GANDY, Tom
-11
70
70
73
66
69
69
417
32
NIENABER, Wilco
-11
69
73
70
65
71
69
417
33
LONG, Hurly
-11
67
71
71
65
74
69
417
34
HOWIE, Craig
-10
72
70
70
70
70
66
418
35
FENASSE, Mathieu
-10
71
73
69
69
69
67
418
36
TILEY, Steven
-10
73
69
73
66
68
69
418
37
SCALISE, Lorenzo
-10
67
69
73
70
70
69
418
38
ERIKSSON, Philip
-9
68
74
71
68
72
66
419
39
SIEM, Marcel
-9
73
71
68
70
69
68
419
40
BESSELING, Wil
-9
69
67
73
70
69
71
419
41
PETERSSON, Robin
-9
70
70
74
64
69
72
419
42
VON DELLINGSHAUSEN, Nicolai
-9
68
68
71
67
72
73
419
43
SCHNEIDER, Marcel
-9
69
69
69
67
71
74
419
44
MOYNIHAN, Gavin
-8
70
69
75
68
69
69
420
45
EASTON, Bryce
-8
73
70
66
69
73
69
420
46
DE JAGER, Louis
-8
69
68
70
68
76
69
420
47
LEON, Hugo
-8
71
72
68
68
71
70
420
48
DIXON, David
-8
71
68
69
67
75
70
420
49
KEARNEY, Niall
-8
71
72
70
69
67
71
420
50
VAN WEST, Robbie
-8
70
69
71
68
71
71
420
51
KARLSSON, Anton
-7
71
72
68
71
72
67
421
52
CATLIN, John
-7
65
73
73
70
72
68
421
53
WARREN, Marc
-7
71
72
67
69
74
68
421
54
BALDWIN, Matthew
-7
74
69
69
70
70
69
421
55
KASKE, Janne
-7
72
73
70
66
71
69
421
56
HØJGAARD, Nicolai
-7
69
70
73
68
69
72
421
57
KIM, Minkyu
-6
68
71
70
73
74
66
422
58
GAVINS, Daniel
-6
74
67
67
71
72
71
422
59
FERGUSON, Ewen
-6
71
72
69
64
75
71
422
60
WRISDALE, Jordan
-6
69
72
70
68
70
73
422
61
LIMA, José-Filipe
-6
71
68
72
70
66
75
422
62
MATUS, Stanislav
-5
70
71
68
72
75
67
423
63
SANDBORG, Jesper
-5
69
70
74
68
73
69
423
64
HIGGO, Garrick
-5
72
67
69
70
72
73
423
65
PAPADATOS, Dimitrios
-4
68
69
73
69
75
70
424
66
WALKER, Euan
-4
67
73
70
70
73
71
424
67
ZEMMER, Aron
-3
68
70
74
68
78
67
425
68
LINARD, Thomas
-2
73
71
68
70
75
69
426
69
STOW, Ben
-2
72
72
69
69
74
70
426
70
COUSSAUD, Ugo
-2
71
72
71
68
71
73
426
71
ORIOL, Pedro
-2
67
72
77
65
68
77
426
72
LAWSON, Deyen
-1
71
72
68
70
75
71
427
73
LEE, Taehee
PAR
73
67
71
70
79
68
428
74
HENSON, Berry
3
72
67
72
70
73
77
431
75
STAL, Gary
4
71
73
68
70
76
74
432
76
HANNA, Chase
5
72
73
68
68
79
73
433
WD
RITCHIE, JC
-3
71
69
76
65
73
354
78
PERRIER, Damien
-3
71
72
66
74
283
79
JOHNSTON, Liam
-3
72
69
76
66
283
80
KEMMER, Dodge
-3
70
73
67
73
283
81
VAN TONDER, Daniel
-3
69
73
74
67
283
82
REITAN, Kristoffer
-3
70
71
74
68
283
83
VIRTO, Borja
-3
69
70
75
69
283
84
EVANS, Ben
-3
71
70
72
70
283
85
ONEAL, Timothy
-3
70
71
72
70
283
86
DAWSON, Robin
-3
70
71
72
70
283
87
SCHIETEKAT, Neil
-3
69
71
71
72
283
88
MRUZEK, Filip
-2
75
72
67
70
284
89
NILSSON, Åke
-2
70
73
69
72
284
90
LINDBERG, Mikael
-2
71
75
71
67
284
91
FDEZ-CASTAÑO, Gonzalo
-1
71
77
66
71
285
92
HUTCHINSON, Ben
-1
69
73
76
67
285
93
QUINONES, Douglas
-1
76
71
68
70
285
94
KRUYSWIJK, Jacques
-1
69
75
69
72
285
95
WINDRED, Blake
-1
71
67
75
72
285
96
RUUSKA, Lauri
PAR
72
75
64
75
286
97
SIMONSEN, Martin
PAR
74
71
68
73
286
98
FISHER JNR, Trevor
PAR
75
69
69
73
286
99
QUESNE, Julien
PAR
68
74
75
69
286
100
SJÖHOLM, Joel
PAR
76
70
70
70
286
101
CANNON, Christopher
PAR
71
73
70
72
286
102
GREGORY, Scott
PAR
68
75
71
72
286
103
HIDALGO, Angel
PAR
72
71
71
72
286
104
HELLGREN, Björn
PAR
73
70
72
71
286
105
KRISTJANSSON, Gudmundur
PAR
72
67
75
72
286
106
ENEFER, Will
1
73
76
63
75
287
107
SORDET, Clément
1
72
71
68
76
287
108
ENOCH, Rhys
1
75
69
69
74
287
109
KING, Gary
1
74
72
70
71
287
110
BOURDY, Grégory
1
72
70
75
70
287
111
McGOWAN, Ross
1
71
71
74
71
287
112
GEARY, Josh
1
74
68
72
73
287
113
KRISTENSEN, Nicolai
1
72
71
75
69
287
114
KAHLOS, Juuso
2
74
69
69
76
288
115
SAAVEDRA, Sebastien
2
71
74
70
73
288
116
RUMFORD, Brett
2
70
72
75
71
288
117
EGGENBERGER, Mathias
2
72
70
73
73
288
118
FAHRBRING, Jens
2
70
69
76
73
288
119
JOHANSEN, Eirik Tage
2
71
70
72
75
288
120
ZUNIC, Jordan
3
70
73
68
78
289
121
JONES, Jimmy
3
76
70
69
74
289
122
ROSENMÜLLER, Thomas
3
74
70
70
75
289
123
LACROIX, Frederic
3
71
72
71
75
289
124
PETURSSON, Bjarki
3
74
66
77
72
289
125
FLANAGAN, Nick
3
74
69
73
73
289
126
MURRAY, Zach
4
70
73
69
78
290
127
CUARTERO BLANCO, Emilio
4
74
70
70
76
290
128
WATTEL, Romain
4
72
75
71
72
290
129
FERGUSON, Ben
4
72
70
75
73
290
130
GILCHREST, Matt
4
73
74
74
69
290
131
THOMSON, Jonathan
5
73
74
71
73
291
132
HIRST, Louis
5
75
76
72
68
291
133
MUTHIYA, Madalitso
5
73
72
72
74
291
134
ARNOY, Jarand Ekeland
6
72
74
65
81
292
135
GLENNEMO, Jacob
6
74
69
71
78
292
136
BRISCOE, Ben
6
76
72
72
72
292
137
ROTTLUFF, Max
6
71
73
72
76
292
138
MICHELUZZI, David
7
74
75
63
81
293
139
DECOTTIGNIES-LAFON, Mathieu
7
75
79
68
71
293
140
MULROY, Garth
7
74
74
69
76
293
141
BJORNSSON, Andri
7
72
73
71
77
293
142
HOEY, Michael
7
71
79
72
71
293
143
HAWKES, Simon
7
70
76
73
74
293
144
BLOMSTRAND, Christofer
7
75
71
73
74
293
145
RITTHAMMER, Bernd
8
68
78
73
75
294
146
SLATTERY, Lee
8
71
72
73
78
294
147
GROS, Sébastien
9
72
72
74
77
295
148
DE LA RIVA, Eduardo
9
71
76
75
73
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
WD
MAUCHAZA, Nyasha
12
74
79
73
226
WD
LENGDEN, Oscar
6
72
71
77
220
RT
DONALDSON, Jamie
2
73
72
145