Phelan keeps Tour card dream alive as Higgins and McGee falter
Kevin Phelan's chances of securing a European Tour card are still alive after another impressive round in the final stage qualifying event at the PGA Catalunya Resort.
Phelan shot a two-under-par 70 around the Stadium Course to leave him on seven-under-par for the tournament at the end of the penultimate day's play.
The Waterford star began on the 10th and started well, birdieing two of his opening seven holes, the 13th and 16th.
But despite another birdie, Phelan hit three bogeys and, as he approached the final three holes his hopes of finishing in the top 25 and ties appeared slim.
But birdies at the seventh and eighth kept the 23-year-old within touching distance as he finished the fifth round in a tie for 33rd.
David Higgins and Ruaidhri McGee endured difficult days to leave their hopes of obtaining a Tour card all but over.
Kerryman Higgins could only manage a two-over-par 74 to leave him on level par for the tournament.
The 40-year-old bogeyed the eighth, ninth, 10th, 16th and 17th and suffered a frustrating day, ending in a share of 67th.
McGee suffered an even more torrid time around the Stadium Course as he suffered with a three-over-par 75.
The Derry native is now one-over-par, in a share of 70th position.
Spain's Carlos Del Moral remains four shots clear at the top of the leaderboard after another outstanding round, carding a seven-under 65 to leave him on 21-under-par for the tournament heading into the final day.