Saturday 24 March 2018

Phelan leads Irish trio in hunt for Tour cards as McElroy bows out

Kevin Phelan, David Higgins and Ruaidhri McGee have made the cut and are still in the hunt for a European Tour card after day four of the final stage qualifying event in Spain, but Dermot McElroy's hopes are over.

Rosapenna's McGee was in the top 10 after the second round at the PGA Catalunya Resort in Girona, but only just managed to finish inside the top 70 and ties at the end of his fourth round, sharing 62nd spot.

McGee carded a two-over-par 74 around the trickier Stadium Course with a double-bogey seven at the 12th as well as bogeys at the fourth, sixth and 18th. The Derry native will require a dramatic change in fortunes over the final two rounds to finish in the top 25 and ties and secure a card.

Waterford's Phelan produced a decent one-under-par 71 around the Stadium Course to leave him on five-under, in a share of 41st place.

Higgins also has a chance of making the top 25 after finishing the day in a share of 62nd place alongside McGee. The Kerryman shot a two-under 70 for the day to finish on two-under.

McElroy produced his best golf of the week, posting a two-under 68, but it was not enough for the Ballymena amateur, who finished on two-over in a tie for 96th spot.

Spain's Carlos Del Moral is the new leader on 14-under-par after a phenomenal bogey-free nine-under-par 63.

Irish Independent

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