Three ex-Ryder Cuppers out at Euro Q-School
Joakim Haeggman is in; Jarmo Sandelin, Andrew Coltart and Paul Broadhurst are out.
Reputation counts for nothing at European Tour Qualifying School. If it did, all four Ryder Cup players would have made it through to the final two rounds at PGA Catalunya in Girona, Spain.
Haeggman needed a 4-under 68 Wednesday to make the final two rounds. Haeggman, the first Swede to play in the Ryder Cup when he played in the 1993 match, is at 5 under par, nine shots off the pace set by Spain’s Alfredo Garcia-Heredia.
Garcia-Heredia leads by one over former N.C. State player Steve Lewton and Finland’s Mikko Korhonen.
Coltart, a member of the 1999 European team, missed the last two rounds despite a fourth-round 66. He missed the cut by a shot. Broadhurst wasn’t even close. The 1991 Ryder Cup player shot 79 to miss by eight shots, and will have to rely on invites next year to play the European Tour.
Sandelin, a teammate of Coltart’s in 1999, missed the cut by nine.
Coltart and Co. weren’t the only former European Tour winners to miss the last two rounds. Scott Drummond, Raymond Russell, Marc Warren, Alastair Forsyth, Jean-Francois Lucquin, Anton Haig and S.S.P. Chowrasia also missed the cut.
So, too, did former Oklahoma State player Trent Leon and one-time Northwestern player Scott Harrington. Former Walker Cup players Colm Moriarty and Sam Hutsby, who took the second card last year, also missed the cut.
Haeggman isn’t the only former tour winner to make it through to the final two rounds. Markus Brier, Emanuele Canonica, Jose Felipe Lima, Santiago Luna and Miles Tunnicliff also made the cut. Notable former amateur stars who also advanced include former Walker Cup stars Jamie Elson, Niall Kearney, Lloyd Saltman and Stuart Manley. Amateurs Chris Lloyd and Matthew Nixon, a former British Boys champion, also made the last two rounds. Nixon is alone in fourth after a 64.
One-time Iowa State player Jason Knutzon was the only one of five U.S. players to make the fifth and sixth rounds. He is at 8 under par, in a tie for 24th.
Nico Bollini missed by a shot, while Matthew Rosenfeld was 11 shots off the cut.
The top 30 and ties after the next two rounds gain cards for the 2011 European Tour. Seven under par is the mark after four rounds. Last year, those at 10 under and better graduated to the European Tour.