With just one round remaining it is the French who are leading the way with Sebastien Branger, Christian Cevaer and Jean-Francios Lucquin setting the pace at each of the three of the courses hosting the second stage of Qualifying School.
At Pals Branger, who only turned professional two months ago, shot the round of the week 65, eight under par, to move into a share of the lead with Spain's Juan Quiros.
Branger picked up eight birdies in his round without a bogey to move to 13-under-par. The 21-year-old from St Jean de Luz near Biarritz played his first professional event a fortnight ago, finishing third in the Challenge De France Bayer at Golf Disneyland, Paris. Branger, renowned as a big hitter, turned professional after an amateur career which saw him represent France at full international level, including during the European Amateur Championship in Italy earlier this year.
He shares the lead at Pals with Quiros, the 43-year-old who has led from the start. Quiros had a solid round of 72 with two birdies and just the one bogey.
At Emporda Christian Cevaer continues to set the pace as he has done from the outset. Despite a shaky start where he bogeyed three of the first four holes, Cevaer bounced back with six birdies for a round of 68 and 54-hole total of 198, 15 under par. Cevaer, whose bride of two months Fabienne is caddieing for him this week, has graduated from the Qualifying School Finals on three out of four attempts.
Three shots adrift is Sweden’s Peter Malmgren whose best-of-the-day 65 included 10 birdies, two bogeys, one double bogey and just five pars. Another player to move up the list was England’s Justin Rose who shot a three under 67 to move up to joint fifth place.
The third of the Frenchman is leading at Peralada. Jean-Francios Lucquin shot a three under par 69 to move a shot clear of South African Brett Liddle and Kenneth Ferrie from England. Scotland’s Scott Henderson, the 1997 Sir Henry Cotton Rookie of the Year, moved into a share of fourth place with a round of 69, three under par but the round of the day belonged to Ireland’s Gary Murphy. The 27-year-old who celebrated his birthday earlier this month, birdied the last three holes for a round of 66, six under par.
The top 29 from each course will progress to the Qualifying School Finals to be held at San Roque Club and Club de Golf Sotogrande on November 17-22. All those players within eight shots of the final qualifying place at each course progressed to tomorrow’s final round of Qualifying School Stage Two.
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