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Dutchman Tim Sluiter remained on course to regain his European Tour card after breezing through the Second Stage of The European Tour Qualifying School Stage at Las Colinas Golf and Country Club.
Sluiter was in danger of losing the playing privileges he earned at last year’s Final Stage, where he finished in 11th place, but will now hope to finish inside the top 30 again next week after booking his place at PGA Catalunya Resort courtesy of a closing round of 68.
His 16 under par aggregate total saw Sluiter finish two strokes clear of England’s Ben Evans (68) and Denmark’s Morten Orum Madsen (65), who finished in a tie for second place on 14 under par.
Evans’ compatriot Benn Barham, who is continuing his rehabilitation from the kidney cancer he suffered last year, finished fourth after closing with a round of 69 in Alicante.
The final three places were taken by South African Warren Abery, Frenchman Baptiste Chapellan and England’s Paul Dwyer, who saw off Francis McGuirck in a play-off after all four players had finished on three under par.
The 81 players who progressed from the Second Stage will now join the 75 exempt players for the six-round Final Stage, which starts on Thursday at PGA Catalunya Resort in Girona, Spain.