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Peter Lawrie goes into the final round of the European Tour qualifying school final at Catalunya five-under par which, as things stand, would mean him missing out on his card by just a single shot. Photo: Stuart Franklin/Getty Images

Peter Lawrie goes into the final round of the European Tour qualifying school final at Catalunya five-under par which, as things stand, would mean him missing out on his card by just a single shot. Photo: Stuart Franklin/Getty Images

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Peter Lawrie goes into the final round of the European Tour qualifying school final at Catalunya five-under par which, as things stand, would mean him missing out on his card by just a single shot. Photo: Stuart Franklin/Getty Images

Former Open de Espana winner Peter Lawrie is this morning preparing himself for his most significant round of the year as he attempts to regain his European Tour card.

The 40-year-old Dubliner goes into today's sixth and final round of the gruelling final qualifying school at Catalunya five-under par which, as things stand, would mean him missing out on his card by just a single shot.

After the end of play yesterday, 28 players were heading towards their cards - which will be awarded to the top 25 and ties.

Lawrie went round yesterday in a level-par 72 on the Stadium Course.

He was one-under after two birdies and a bogey on his outward half, but then collected two birdies and three bogeys on his back nine - including one on the final hole.

Finishing outside the top 110 in the Race to Dubai standings meant Lawrie lost his card and has been forced to go through the qualifying school - for the first time in 14 years - in a bid to regain it.

Fellow Irish pair Kevin Phelan and Simon Thornton aren't out of the running either, both on four-under.

Thornton also had a 72 yesterday, with Phelan shooting a two-over-par 74 that included two birdies and four bogeys.

The duo are tied for 38th, knowing that they need good rounds today.

Northern Ireland's Gareth Maybin is all but out of contention for a card after a two-over 74 left him on two-over - eight shots off a card place.

Italian Renato Paratore leads the field on 17-under; for at least three of the Irish, it's all to play for today.

Irish Independent