Daniel Gavins carded a two under par 69 to maintain his position at the top of the leaderboard as the 156-player field was reduced to 77 following the fourth round of European Tour Qualifying School Final Stage.
With 36 holes to go in Tarragona, it’s England’s Gavins who leads the way after four days of exceptional scoring where he has carded rounds of 62-69-66-69 to sit one ahead of France’s Clément Sordet in pole position.
“It was a lot tougher out there today,” said Gavins. “The wind really picked up and the flags were tucked away so it was hard to attack.
“But I’m really happy with the way I stayed patient out there today, and I holed the putts when I needed to. Anything under par at this stage is exactly what you need.
“I’ve come through Q-School before and I know I can do it again. There’s still a long way to go so I just need to take it one shot at a time.”
As the wind picked up in Tarragona conditions proved to be far more difficult for the leading players, but there were still birdies to be had with the likes of South Africa’s Bryce Easton (64), France’s Romain Langasque (66) and the United States’ Kurt Kitayama (66), all posting low scores to make significant moves up the leaderboard.
Today all eyes were on the cut line, though, which fell at six under par. Three-time European Tour winner Marc Warren birdied his final three holes to make the mark by three shots on nine under par, while Germany’s Philipp Mejow and Canada’s Aaron Cockerill signed for rounds of 65 and 66 respectively to narrowly make the grade.
Continuing his rise up the leaderboard was Northern Ireland’s Cormac Sharvin. Two days ago the 26 year old sat in 132nd place on one over par, but after a third round of 66 and a fourth round of 67 he safely made it through to the final two days after moving up 85 places in the standings.
“I felt a bit of pressure going out there after finishing 71st in the Challenge Tour Rankings, so that secured my status for next year,” said Sharvin.
“I’m happy after the start I made; I was one over after two rounds and I had ten under in my head for the next two rounds. With a little bit of wind over the last two days, to shoot nine under was pretty nice.
“I’m 47th at the minute so just over 20 spots away from a card. A good two days and who knows, anything can happen in this game as we all know. It will be nice to press on now, post two low scores and see where that takes me over the next two days.”
England’s Laurie Canter and France’s Clément Berardo left it the latest, with Canter making a birdie on the 18th to make the cut on the number – Berardo went one better by making the cut on the number with a closing eagle.
The remaining 77 players now face two more rounds on the Lakes Course at Lumine Golf Club with the top 25 and ties earning European Tour cards at the end of the week.