Englishman Richard McEvoy has been here and done it all before, so it was perhaps no surprise that an impressive six under par 64 in the third round of The European Tour Qualifying School Final Stage elevated him into contention.
The 33 year old finished 154th in The Race to Dubai, so finds himself having to get through the six round marathon event at PGA Catalunya Resort in Spain in order to retain his playing privileges for 2013.
However, McEvoy won the Final Stage in 2003 and also qualified in 2006 so he knows what it takes, and at nine under par - four shots off the lead held by Estanislao Goya – he is in a promising position once again.
“It’s a long week but I’ve been here several times and I know what it’s like,” he said. “I won it in 2003, so that gives me a lot of confidence.
“It’s a week where you have to keep the ball in play and, more than anything, not lose your rag. Patience is massively important.
“I’ve been playing really well the last few months but it hasn’t shown in my results. I lost a lot of confidence in the middle of the year. I changed coaches and made some changes to the swing. Swing-wise it went really well but maybe mentally I didn’t adapt quite so well.
“I went back to a guy I’ve worked with in the past, a psychologist, and it seems to have worked really well. It’s just about getting that confidence back in my mind.”
McEvoy’s progress in the third round was made on the Tour Course, and tomorrow he will face the tougher Stadium Course, after which the top 70 players and ties play the latter layout for the final two rounds. The top 25 players and ties at the conclusion of the tournament gain a card for 2013 on The European Tour.
“I got off to a flier on the back nine – my front nine – despite three-putting the tenth green for a par,” he said. “I made birdies at the 11th and 12, 15th and 16th and 18th to go out in five under, so that laid the foundations for a very good round.
“I was playing very solid golf so I knew I would have more chances coming in, which I did, but they didn’t go in and the seventh was the only birdie on the front nine.
“It was a great day overall and halfway through I’m in a good position. It’s obviously a week where you don’t want to be here, but it is what it is and you just have to dig deep and get on with it.”