Friday, 17 November 2017
Andrea Pavan during the final round of the European Tour Qualifying School  (Getty Images)
Andrea Pavan during the final round of the European Tour Qualifying School (Getty Images)

As the dust settles on Qualifying School Final Stage for another season we look back at five of the best shots from the last round at Lumine Golf Club.

1)      James Heath

The first man who played his way onto the European Tour yesterday was Heath. Out in the first group of the day, the Englishman teed up on the ninth, his final hole, knowing a birdie would be good enough to seal his spot in the top 25.

After hitting an excellent approach, Heath was left with a tricky five-foot putt – which he duly holed. Although he kept his composure, Heath reveals below how nervous he was as he stood over the arguably the most important putt of his professional career:

“Wow I felt pressure on the last putt! In my head I was going ‘just make contact, just make contact!’ because I couldn’t feel my hands. To birdie the last to get in was phenomenal.”

2)      Josh Geary

New Zealand’s Geary fired his way up the leaderboard during the final day with an outstanding round of 65 which was bookended by eagles at the second and the 18th.

Here the Kiwi talks about how he felt as he watched his ball drop into the cup for an outstanding eagle which secured him a rookie season on the European Tour in 2018.

“I made some really nice putts, especially on the last hole! I was nervous out there at the start of the day but I managed to keep that all in check and I was just really relieved when I watched that putt drop on 18.”

3)      Andrea Pavan

The former Challenge Tour Number One was in excellent form throughout the six-round tournament in Tarragona, but ultimately saved his best until last.

After missing the green with his second shot into the par five 18th, the Italian holed a lengthy eagle putt to finish the week in a share of second place – he talks us through that feeling below.

“I didn’t quite hit the best of irons with my second shot but it was by the green and I thought to myself ‘come on you’ll do’. To see that ball go in after I hit the putt felt absolutely amazing though.”

4)      Justin Walters

Walters, a two-time winner on the Sunshine Tour, channeled all of his experience to get the job done in Spain yesterday.

After dropping a shot on the 17th it seemed as though the South African’s hopes of remaining on the European Tour had faded, but the 37 year old bounced back by conquering the par five 18th.

A closing eagle took Walters to 13 under par – the qualifying mark for those in 25th place yesterday – and here he guides us through that final hole.

“I bogeyed 17 where I had a really tough break – I had a hard bounce which went straight through the green. So when I teed it up on 18 I put a bit of venom on my tee shot as I had nothing to lose. I hit a good short iron into the green and I stood over my putt for a long time as I had been over-reading the greens all week. My caddie gave me the read, and he was absolutely spot on, so I just had to trust him – which I did.”

5)      Jazz Jannewattanond

While Walters' performance on the 18th yesterday was remarkable Thailand’s Jannewattanond’s efforts at the last bordered on ridiculous.

After missing the green with his approach the 21 year old needed to chip in for eagle to reach 13 under and rise up into the final card-earning places.

What came next was a moment of short game magic and a very happy Jannewattanond:

“I held it together until the last hole, and I just thought ‘I can only try my best here’. To see the ball go into the hole after my chip was amazing and it is still going through my mind now – I can’t believe I made an eagle to get in on the mark.”

 

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