THERE was heartbreak for Dublin's Peter Lawrie as he agonisingly missed out on regaining his European Tour card by just a single shot on a dramatic final day of the qualifying school at Catalunya yesterday.
The 40-year-old, who was back in Q school for the time in 14 years after finishing outside the top 110 in the Race to Dubai standings, finished his sixth and final round on six-under par - one shot off a final card place.
Lawrie, a former Open de Espana winner, carded two birdies in his final one-under-par 71 on the Stadium Course, although was left to rue a bogey on the fifth hole.
That left him tied for 28th and was one shot more than the magic score of seven-under, with 27 players earning their cards for 2015.
Northern Irishman Simon Thornton was one shot further back on five-under after he also finished with a one-under-par 71, a round that included three birdies.
He will have nightmares about having also collected two bogeys which left him tied for 34th.
His Irish compatriot Kevin Phelan, a former Walker Cup player, endured a nightmare final round, picking up seven bogeys on his way to a four-over-par 76. That left him level-par overall, seven shots off a card.
Northern Ireland's Gareth Maybin finished slightly better, on one-under par, having gone round yesterday in a one-under-par 71. He was also well outside the card placings, tied for 58th.
The overall winner was Mikko Korhonen, who became the first Finnish winner in the school's history as he ended up on 20-under.