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Thursday, 19 November 2015
John Hahn of the USA (R) congratulates Ryan Evans of England as Evans secures his tour cards during the final round of the European Tour Qualifying School Final at PGA Catalunya Resort  (Getty Images)
John Hahn of the USA (R) congratulates Ryan Evans of England as Evans secures his tour cards during the final round of the European Tour Qualifying School Final at PGA Catalunya Resort (Getty Images)

All you need to know about the 27 players who earned European Tour cards for the 2016 season at PGA Catalunya Resort:

  • A total of 953 players took part in the Qualifying School across the three stages. There were 778 who played in First Stage, they were joined by 93 players at Second Stage, with a further 82 exempt to the Final Stage.  This figure of 953 ranks fourth in the list of most entrants.
  • A total of 27 players (top 25 and ties) earned their full European Tour cards for 2016, the same figure as the 2013 and 2014 Qualifying School Final Stage.
  • There were seven players who came through all three Stages of the Qualifying School to gain a card. They were Matthew Southgate (sixth), Daniel Gavins (eighth), Francesco Laporta (15th), Paul Dunne (16th), Laurie Canter (20th), Clement Berardo (22nd) and Lukas Nemecz (25th).
  • There were three players who were exempt into Second Stage and gained a card.
  • The remaining 17 players gained a card after being exempt into the Final Stage.
  • Of the 27 qualifiers, there will be 13 rookies on The 2016 European Tour.
  • Of the 27 qualifiers, five were fully exempt European Tour Members in the 2015 season.
  • The 27 qualifiers were made up from 12 different countries.
  • Here are the countries and the breakdown of players: England (ten), Italy (four), South Africa (three), United States (two) and one each for Australia, Austria, Denmark, France, Ireland, Spain, Sweden and Wales.
  • The youngest graduate was Swedish amateur, Marcus Kinhult, aged 19 years and 118 days, who was the second youngest competitor in the Final Stage. He was one of three amateurs in the field.
  • Marcus Kinhult became the first amateur to graduate from the Qualifying School Final Stage since Moritz Lampert in 2012.
  • The oldest qualifier was the joint winner, Ulrich van den Berg, aged 40 years and 310 days. The South African was the only player aged 40 or over to make it through.
  • Out of the 32 European Tour winners that began the Final Stage, only four gained a card. They were Ross McGowan, David Dixon, Richard Finch and Edoardo Molinari. (In all 33 European Tour winners teed up in the 2015 European Tour Qualifying School. One entered at Second Stage but failed to make it through).
  • Two former Qualifying School Final Stage winners got a card. They were Richard McEvoy (2003) and David Dixon (2011).
  • Two players, Stuart Manley and Richard McEvoy, both graduated from the Qualifying School for the fifth time in their careers.
  • There were 43 players who played in both First and Second Stage and got through to the Final Stage. Of the 43, 17 made the cut at the Final Stage.
  • At 40, Ulrich van den Berg became the oldest winner in the 40 year history of the Qualifying School Final Stage. He became the third South African to be leading qualifier at the School, following Retief Goosen (1992) and Desvonde Botes (2000).
  • For the first time in the history of the Qualifying School three players shared first place. They were Ulrich van den Berg, Adrian Otaegui and Daniel Im. Van Den Berg was given the number one card on countback. In round six van den Berg and Otaegui both shot 68 and Im a 71. In round five the South African had a 69 to Otaegui’s 71.
  • The lowest final round from the 27 graduates was Stuart Manley, with a 66.
  • Five players gained a card after starting the day outside the top 25. They were Lukas Nemecz, Justin Walters, Ryan Evans, Stuart Manley and Edoardo Molinari. Eight players began the final day inside the top 25 but failed to gain a card.
  •  The biggest movers of the day were Stuart Manley (29 places – 42nd to 13th) and Justin Walters (22 places – 31st to ninth).

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