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DAY SIX OF THE QUALIFYING SCHOOL FINAL STAGE AT PGA CATALUNYA RESORT, GIRONA

  • MIKKO KORHONEN WINS THE 2014 QUALIFYING SCHOOL ON 20 UNDER PAR
  • FINN TRIUMPHS BY TWO SHOTS AFTER CLOSING 67
  • 27 PLAYERS GET THEIR EUROPEAN TOUR CARDS ON -7 OR BETTER
  • Top 25 and ties at close of play get their cards for The 2015 Race to Dubai
  • Get involved on Twitter with #QSchool

By Nick Totten and Will Pearson in Girona

18:27

Birdies, bogeys and Bouniol: Day of drama at Q-School

Sometimes the greatest sporting stories are those that would be turned away by Hollywood producers the world over for being too fanciful, but as the curtain closed on yet another 108-hole European Tour Qualifying School Final Stage marathon, it was very much a case of lights, camera, action, and of course, Bouniol.

18:27

The Iceman cometh as Korhonen seals Q-School victory

Mikko Korhonen became the first Finnish winner in the history of The European Tour’s Qualifying School Final Stage on another dramatic final day at the six-round marathon of golf, where 27 players earned their cards for The 2015 Race to Dubai.

18:08

Card in Hand: Key Stats on the Qualifiers

After all was said and done, and 27 players gained their cards for The 2015 Race to Dubai, europeantour.com takes a look at the key statistics from Q-School Final Stage...

17:35

Birdie blitz from Fitz seals Q-School promotion

Matthew Fitzpatrick delivered on the enormous potential he displayed during a stellar amateur career as the Englishman put together a flying finish to claim a European Tour card at the Qualifying School Final Stage in Girona.

17:21

FINAL QUALIFYING SCHOOL STATS ABOUT CARD WINNERS – 2014

• A total of 924 players took part in the Qualifying School across the three stages. There were 735 who played in Stage 1, they were joined by 102 at Stage 2, with a further 87 exempt to the Final Stage.  This figure of 924 ranks fourth in the list of most entrants.
• A total of 27 players (25 and ties) earned their full European Tour cards for 2015, the same figure as 12 months ago.
• There were two players who came through all three Stages of the Qualifying School to gain a card. They were: Tom Murray and Daniel Woltman.
• There were ten players who were exempt into Stage 2 and gained a card.
• The remaining 15 players gained a card after being exempt into the Final Stage.
• Of the 27 qualifiers, there will be 11 rookies on The 2015 European Tour (Renato Paratore, Matt Ford, Rikard Karlberg, Matthew Fitzpatrick, Paul Maddy, Tom Murray, Anirban Lahiri, Jason Scrivener, Borja Virto, Daniel Woltman, Cyril Bouniol). 
• Of the 27 qualifiers, six were fully exempt European Tour Members in the 2014 season.
• The 27 qualifiers were made up from 12 different countries.
• Here are the countries and the breakdown of players: England (eight), Spain (four), Italy and Sweden (three), Australia (two). One each for: Argentina, Denmark, Finland, France, India, Norway and the United States.
• The youngest player to gain a card was Italian, Renato Paratore, aged 17 years and 341 days.  The oldest graduate was four-time, European Tour winner, Ricardo Gonzalez aged 45 years and 27 days. (The Argentine had the most victories of all the European Tour winners in the field).
• Renato Paratore, aged 17 years and 341 days became the third youngest European Tour Qualifying School graduate and youngest since 1982. The two younger than Paratore are: Magnus Persson 17 years and 116 days – 1982) and Alan Evans (17 years and 244 days – 1977).  Of the 924 players who participated in the European Tour Qualifying School, Paratore was the third youngest.
• Ricardo Gonzalez became the third oldest European Tour Qualifying School graduate, aged 45 years and 27 days. The only two older are: Gary Orr (45 years and 202 days – 2012) and Philip Golding (45 years and 119 days – 2007).
• Out of the 29 European Tour winners that began the Final Stage, only three gained a card, Ricardo Gonzalez (second), John Parry (sixth) and Andrew Dodt (tenth). (In all 35 European Tour winners teed up in the 2014 European Tour Qualifying School. Six entered at Stage 2 but failed to make it through).
• There were 32 players who played in both Stage 1 and 2 and got through to the Final Stage. Of the 32, 17 made the cut at the Final Stage.
• Mikko Korhonen became the first Finnish winner of The European Tour Qualifying School – Final Stage. Finland became the 15th different country to win the Final Stage.
• There were two former European Tour Qualifying School Final Stage winners who gained a card. They are: Richard McEvoy (2003) and John Parry (2012).

16:49

One of the most memorable ascents to The European Tour this week has to be young Italian, Renato Paratore. Here's where he ranks in terms of the most junior qualifiers in the history of the event:

PLAYER   AGE   YEAR
Magnus Persson 17 and 116 days 1982
Alan Evans 17 and 244 days 1977
Renato Paratore 17 and 341 days 2014
Nicolas Colsaerts 18 and 8 days 2000
Oliver Fisher 18 and 64 days 2006
Charl Schwartzel 18 and 81 days 2002
Steve Spittles 18 and 168 days 1980
Paul Way   18 and 251 days 1981
Ian Woosnam 18 and 254 days 1976
Mike McLean 18 and 257 days 1981
16:37

Class from Korhonen

A third card on the trot for Mikko Korhonen this week, and a fourth in the last five years, meaning the Finn is clearly both a Q-School specialist and something of a golfing sadist - as he clearly revels in this gruelling format. What did the man have to say after peaking with a fantastic victory today?

“It feels fantastic. The first win of my professional career, finally. I haven’t played for the win very often in my career but it feels absolutely amazing. Of course, being first of all the guys here gets me into more tournaments so that’s good, but it’s not like any other tournament. You don’t exactly come here to win, even if you should, you just come to get your card. But victory makes it sweeter. I was a bit nervous even coming in knowing I had my card. This is my fourth time coming through Q-School and I’m confident now I can stay on Tour this season. Getting my first win, even if it’s Q-School, it’s still important for me. I wasn’t too nervous and that was a surprise for me. I did think about Mikko today when I was on the first tee. I just thought, ‘be like Mikko’, just walk on the course like an Iceman and do your stuff.”

16:27

Coming into the week as the most successful player in the field, having garnered four European Tour titles in a wonderful career, Ricardo Gonzalez could have been forgiven if he was approaching this longest of weeks with some trepidation. Not so, as the Argentinian veteran put his head down and battled hard for a second place finish, a card-saving peformance, and he was clearly an emotional man afterwards.

“I feel very proud, as this week is very tough for everybody, and to finish second here is amazing as this year I have not played good," he reflected. "To come here with all the pressure, which sometimes makes you play well, but sometimes bad, I’m just glad I could play well this week.

“This is right up there with winning on The European Tour. You need to be patient and keep yourself happy, and that happened this week. I said to my caddie that I needed to enjoy the week, and I’m very happy now.

“I felt the pressure at the start as I thought I’d lost my career. I’m 45 years old, so to earn one more year, it’s a big achievement.”

16:14

One of the most dramatic finishes on a day chock-full of Hollywood-esque escapades came from Frenchman Cyril Bouniol, who, standing on the 18th tee knew only a birdie would do in his bid for a European Tour card after a disastrous run of bogey-double bogey from the 16th.

“The 18th was a dream come true, it’s why I have travelled every week," reflected Bouniol, who holed out from ten feet at the par four for a thrilling finish. "This year has been tough on me, living in the US and not being able to take many weeks off, I’ve been playing my heart out all year just to get on The European Tour, and it was slipping away tournament after tournament, so I’m just glad to have walked onto the 18th and just believed in myself – ‘You’re good, this has to happen at some point, so make that birdie!'

“It’s all the more meaningful too that under the hardest adversity, and having not made a putt all day, I was standing over it at the 18th and I knew what it was for – either I would be on Tour or I would be back to what I’ve done all year, so I told myself to take a chance and it’s incredible it went in, I’m so happy."

15:56

Seasoned Campaigner

A special mention to Ricardo Gonzalez, who at 45 years and 27 days becomes the third oldest qualifier his Q-School history behind only Gary Orr, who was 45 years and 202 days when he regained his card in 2012, and Philip Golding, who was 45 years and 119 days when he succeeded in 2007. Emotional scenes as he finished up a little earlier.

15:47

And of course huge congratulations to all the 27 players, from 12 different countries, who have secured their status as European Tour players for the 2015 season.

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Tournament Leaderboard

Pos Player nameNatHolePar
1KORHONEN, MikkoFIN18-20
2GONZALEZ, RicardoARG18-18
3PARATORE, RenatoITA18-16
4FORD, MattENG18-15
T5PARRY, JohnENG18-13
T5OTAEGUI, AdrianESP18-13
T5DE LA RIVA, EduardoESP18-13
8MCEVOY, RichardENG18-12
9KARLBERG, RikardSWE18-11
T10DODT, AndrewAUS18-10
T10FITZPATRICK, MatthewENG18-10
T10KOFSTAD, EspenNOR18-10
T10LLOYD, ChrisENG18-10
T10MURRAY, TomENG18-10
T10MADDY, PaulENG18-10
T16LAGERGREN, JoakimSWE18-9
T16LAHIRI, AnirbanIND18-9
T18ORIOL, PedroESP18-8
T18SCRIVENER, JasonAUS18-8
T18EDBERG, PelleSWE18-8

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