Parry takes top card at European Tour Q-School
Thursday, November 29, 2012
John Parry can look forward to a full season on next year’s European Tour, but Oliver Wilson’s career hangs in the balance.
Parry, a member of the same 2007 Great Britain & Ireland Walker Cup team as Rory McIlroy, took the top card after finishing six rounds at PGA Catalunya Resort in Girona, Spain, at 19-under par, four shots in front of Sweden’s Mikael Lundberg. Wilson, with a 3-under 425, was two shots out of a card.
“I knew I had my card sewn up before today started, but I was going for the win and I’m happy to have got the job done,” said Parry, winner of the 2010 Vivendi Cup.
Germany’s Moritz Lampert made the most of being the only amateur to play all six rounds. He finished joint fourth to earn a card for next year’s European Tour.
England’s Andy Sullivan led after four rounds and ended up in solo third place. The 2011 Walker Cup player finished at 13-under for the six rounds.
Low round of the day on Thursday went to England’s Chris Lloyd. His 5-under 67 pulled him 22 places up the leaderboard to finish 16th. Veteran Swedish player Michael Jonzon jumped 10 places on the last day after a 69. He finished tied with Lloyd.
Two-time European Tour winner Gary Orr took one of the last cards. The veteran Scot closed with a 73 to finish at 5-under 423.
As always there was heartache. Scotland’s George Murray seemed certain of a card until missing a short putt on the last. His double bogey meant he missed out by one shot.
Wilson missed out by two shots after closing with level-par 72 to finish at 3 under. The former Augusta State star and 2008 Ryder Cup player will rue the double-bogey six he made at the 14th hole in his final round. It ultimately cost him a return to the European Tour.
The Englishman did not have a card for this year’s Tour either, but finished 131st on the money list through invites and playing in smaller events. He will also get invites next season and a few invites, but will probably spend more time on the Challenge Tour.
Other notables to miss out include former Stanford player Dodge Kemmer. He, Chan Kim and Daniel Im were the only three Americans to play all six rounds. Kemmer finished 42nd, Im was 44th and Kim placed 55th.
Veterans Stephen Dodd, a three-time European Tour winner, and two-time winner Markus Brier of Austria also missed out.
Ian Poulter protege Gary Boyd failed to get one of the 28 cards. The Englishman placed 44th.