Qualifying School Final Stage: Day 6 in Numbers
11/15/2013 6:38:00 PM
A view of the 11th hole after the second round at PGA Catalunya Resort (Getty Images)
- A total of 968 players took part in the Qualifying School across the three stages. There were 770 played in Stage 1, they were joined by 114 at Stage 2, with a further 84 exempt to the Final Stage. This is one outside the record for the total number of entrants of 969 in 2008.
- A total of 27 players (25 and ties) earned their full European Tour cards for 2014.
- There were six players who came through all three Stages of the Qualifying School to gain a card. They were: Connor Arendell, Jack Doherty, John Hahn, Kevin Phelan, Thomas Pieters and Adrien Saddier.
- There were seven players who were exempt into Stage 2 and gained a card.
- The remaining 14 players gained a card after being exempt into the Final Stage.
- Of the 27 qualifiers, there will be ten rookies on The 2014 European Tour.
- Of the 27 qualifiers, ten were fully exempt European Tour Members in the 2013 season.
- The 27 qualifiers were made up from 15 different countries.
- Here are the countries and the breakdown of players: England (five), USA (four), Sweden (three), Denmark, France and Scotland (two), Argentina, Australia , Belgium, Finland, Ireland, Italy, Paraguay, Spain and Wales (one).
- The youngest player to gain a card was Frenchman Adrien Saddier aged 21 years and 184 days. Indeed there were three 21 year olds to gain a Tour card. The other two were Thomas Pieters and Gary Stal. The oldest graduate was two-time European Tour winner, Patrik Sjöland, aged 42 years and 186 days.
- Out of the 39 European Tour winners that began the six round event, only five finished inside the top 25. They were: Mikael Lundberg, James Morrison, Patrik Sjöland, Alastair Forsyth and Estanislao Goya.
- Carlos Del Moral’s six round winning total of 402 (-26) has only bettered by Per Nyman (2002) and Richard McEvoy (2003). Their totals were 400 at Emporda and Pals. Del Moral’s score is the lowest since the event has been played at the PGA Golf de Catalunya Resort. The previous best was 407 by Simon Wakefield (2010) and David Dixon (2011). Del Moral became the first Spanish winner of the European Tour Qualifying School Final Stage since Carlos Rodiles in 2006.
- The United States gained four of the 27 cards. They were: Connor Arendell, John Hahn and Jason Knutzon and Brinson Paolini. This represents the most number of cards the USA have gained in a single School. Indeed the country had only witnessed four graduates in the last 11 School Finals.