Wednesday 13 December 2017

McGee close to Q-School final

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Donegal's Ruaidhri McGee is on the verge of progressing to the final European Tour Qualifying School event next weekend after another superb round at the Las Colinas course in Spain.

The 22-year-old is in a share of fifth place along with American Jason Knutzon and England's James Ruth after posting a third-round 67 to leave him on nine-under and must now have one eye on the final qualifying stage at the PGA Catalunya course starting on Sunday.

Royal Dublin's Niall Kearney is tied for 24th after his 69 left him on three-under-par with a 210 aggregate, but it will require an even better effort if he is to get his hands on one of the 17 places for the final stage.

At the El Saler course in Valencia, Waterford's Kevin Phelan's 74 put him on one-over-par and in a share of 16th spot along with a host of others all chasing Spain's Carlos del Moral on seven-under.

Ballymena amateur Dermot McElroy was the sole Irish competitor at the Lumine club on Tarragona and is still well in contention after posting a 69 to put him on five-under and in a five-way share of 25th spot.

EUROPEAN TOUR TO SCRAP SERIES RULE

The European Tour is ready to rip up the controversial entry requirements of its Final Series after Dubai officials expressed their bemusement at three of the world's top 25, who are Tour members, being absent from next week's season finale.

Sergio Garcia, Charl Schwartzel and Ernie Els have opted to skip the DP World Tour Championship.

The trio would have teed it up in the emirate were it not for the regulation which was introduced this year with the aim of convincing more of the big names to appear at the two events in China, the BMW Masters and the HSBC WGC Champions, as well as this week's Turkish Airlines Open.

Players are expected to play in two of those three tournaments in order to secure the right to compete at the $8m season-ending finale in Dubai. However, the rule appears to have backfired.

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