England’s Chris Hanson finished the protracted Qualifying School Second Stage at Lumine Golf & Beach Club on top of the leaderboard after closing with a round of 68 in Tarragona.
Hanson led 18 qualifiers from the northern Spain venue on 15 under par, five strokes clear of his nearest challengers, Scotland’s Raymond Russell and English amateur Callum Shinkwin, who signed off with respective rounds of 69 and 70.
The qualifying mark fell on five under par, with Irish amateur Dermot McElroy claiming the 18th and final berth for the Final Stage courtesy of his round of 71.
The 18 qualifiers from Lumine Golf will join the 35 players who progressed from Las Colinas Golf and Country Club and Campo de Golf El Saler at next week’s Final Stage, which will again be held at PGA Catalunya Resort, in Girona.
The fourth and final round is still in progress at Valle Romano Golf, in Estepona, where high winds caused play to be abandoned on Tuesday.