Winds, gusting up to 35 mph, wreaked havoc at the Second Stage of the Qualifying School causing play to be abandoned for the day at Emporda and Perelada. Only those players at Pals were able to complete the final round with Scotland’s David Drysdale winning the stage.
The Tramontana wind swept down from the Pyrenees before any of the players could complete their final rounds at two of the courses in the north of Spain. At Peralada the leaders had only played one hole before play was abandoned.
Players will return to the course at 8.30am local time to resume their final rounds.
Mike Stewart, Qualifying School Director, said: “We attempted to play at both Emporda and Perelada but the wind was too severe and the balls were moving on the greens. The wind did not ease up and as a result we had to abandon play for the day.
“The forecast for tomorrow is not good but we are optimistic we will be able to complete the fourth and final round.”
At Pals, the one course where play was completed, Drysdale came out on top of the 32 players who booked their places in the Qualifying School Finals, which take place at San Roque and Real Club de Golf Sotogrande in Southern Spain next week.
Drysdale birdied the first to get the ball rolling and reached the turn in two under par thanks to birdies at the fourth and eighth, his only dropped shot on the outward half coming at the second. Drysdale bogeyed the 11th, 12th and 17th holes coming home but birdies on the 13th and 18th and an eagle on the par five 16th helped him to a round of 70, three under par, and a 15 under par total of 277.
Drysdale finished a shot ahead of Ireland’s Paddy Gribben with four players sharing third place.
A total of 32 players qualified for the Finals with scores of 287, five under par or better. Six players, including Danny Poulter, the older brother of European Tour Member Ian, were involved in the play-off for alternate places after finishing on four under par.