• David Law, Peter Whiteford and Paul Shields all progress
• Three players atop the leaderboard on 14-under-par
EUROPEAN TOUR Q SCHOOL
Scottish trio David Law, Peter Whiteford and Paul Shields have made the cut at Q School – but all have work to do in their final two rounds if they want to clinch their European Tour cards.
Kirkhill’s Shields, who progressed through from the Second Stage at Lumine comfortably last week after finishing in a tie for third, started the fourth round best placed out of the eight Scots in T26 on seven-under-par, but fell back into the field when a one-over-par front nine was followed by a near-disastrous back nine, which included five bogeys and just the one birdie, pushing him back to two-under-par and T51.
David Law and Peter Whiteford will begin Wednesday's fifth round three shots better off on five-under-par as both made differing amounts of progress on a tough scoring day at PGA Catalunya, which is the official candidate venue for Spain’s 2022 Ryder Cup bid.
Law moved up a handful of places following his level par round, which could’ve been better had it not been for a double bogey at the 17th, while Whiteford, who played on the European Tour for five consecutive seasons from 2010-14, made a significant charge, posting a two-under-par 68 on the Tour Course which followed his five-under-par 67 on the Stadium Course on Monday.
It was disappointment though for the remaining five Scots in the field. Scott Henry, who is already guaranteed a limited number of European Tour starts next season due to finishing No.18 in the Challenge Tour rankings, finished three shots outside the cut mark on two-over-par, while Jack Doherty, who was three-over-par heading into the fourth round, was within one of the cut but a triple bogey on the 17th knocked him back to where he started the day.
Two-under-par heading into his round, Ross Kellett dropped out of the top 70 after shooting five-over, while Bradley Neil completed his disappointing week with a level par 70 on the Tour Course, no doubt ruing his four-over-par 76 on the Stadium Course a day earlier. George Murray, meanwhile, withdrew after his third round on 11-over-par.
Other high-profile casualties included 2008 Ryder Cup player Soren Hansen and three-time European Tour winners Johan Edfors and Nick Dougherty, while English Walker Cup-winning duo Ashley Chesters and Jimmy Mullen also bowed out – the latter after winning so impressively at Campo de Golf El Saler in the Second Stage.
Three players sit atop the leaderboard on 14-under-par – Daniel Gavins, Jean Hugo and Chris Hanson – while 2010 Scottish Open champion Edoardo Molinari turned it on when it mattered most with a two-under-par 68 seeing him into the final two rounds. He’s two-under-par overall after recovering well from shooting 77 on the Stadium Course on Sunday.
European Tour Q School :: Scottish performances
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