It was a day to remember at Final Stage of European Tour Qualifying School for Rasmus Højgaard, Laurie Canter and Pedro Figueiredo, as they all secured their full cards for 2020.

The 2019 European Tour Q-School was contested over 252 holes in three stages, across 14 different venues.

A record number of 1,063 entrants bid for a coveted European Tour card, surpassing the previous record of 1,026 from 2017

Rasmus Højgaard, overcame an opening round of 73, to finish final stage in a share of fifth place on 16 under par. This was due to shooting two consecutive rounds of 66 on the final two days at Lumine, catapulting him up the leaderboard.

He was the youngest player to obtain his European Tour card, being just 18 years old and in doing so, became the first player born in the 2000’s to secure his playing privileges through Qualifying School.

England’s Laurie Canter, who was playing on the Challenge Tour for the 2019 season, once again overcame golf’s toughest test and shot rounds of 68, 71, 70, 70, 66 and 67, to finish in a tie for 5th place. A birdie on his final hole moved him further up the leaderboard.

Pedro Figueiredo, who graduated to the European Tour from the Challenge Tour last season, lost his playing privileges for 2020 in October, but earned them back as he fought his way through the six gruelling rounds.

A final round of 66, when he needed it most, backed up by rounds of 68, 70, 69, 71 and 71 saw Pedro finish in a tie for 17th position on -13.

“I’m thrilled to have been able to get my European Tour card back at Qualifying School”, said Figueiredo. “After a difficult first year out on Tour, I am delighted to be given a second chance and I look forward to making the most of it next year”.

Højgaard, Canter and Figueiredo will all get their 2020 European Tour seasons underway at the Alfred Dunhill Championship at Leopard Creek.

Congratulations guys, we are so proud of you all and know that the future is very bright.

Special mention must also go to Lorenzo Scalise (T37) and Nicolai Højgaard (T56), who by making the cut, secured European Tour status for 2020, as well as their full Challenge Tour cards.

Robin Dawson, Gonzalo Fernandez Castano, Oscar Lengdén and Joel Sjoholm, unfortunately missed the cut, but gave it their all.

Findagolfbreak.com, the ultimate one stop shop for golf holidays in Ireland, the UK and Europe, have today announced their renewal of sponsorship with Adrian Meronk and Gary Hurley, as well as now supporting European Tour professional, Laurie Canter.

Whilst playing golf around the world this season, Adrian will continue to sport the Findagolfbreak.com logo on his right sleeve and Gary will continue with the logo on his chest. Laurie will display the logo on the collar of all of his clothing.

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European Tour professional, Laurie Canter, is currently 141ston the Race to Dubai rankings and will play a full European Tour schedule. Laurie had a solid 2017 season, with his best results being T14 at the BMW SA Open and T16 at the Joburg Open. He then went on to qualify for The Open Championship at Royal Birkdale, where he made the cut and finished in a very respectable T37.

“I am delighted to be associated with Findagolfbreak.com, who are known as one of the best in the business for organising golf holidays. I’m looking forward to representing them on and off the golf course this year on the European Tour.”, said Canter.

Poland’s Adrian Meronk, secured his European and Challenge Tour card for the 2018 season, by finishing 30th on the 2017 Road to Oman rankings. His best finish of the season came at the Ras Al Khaimah Challenge, where he was beaten in a play-off. His other best results were T5 at the Barclays Kenya Open and T11 at the NBO Classic Grand Final.

Adrian said, “I am delighted to have the support of Findagolfbreak.com behind me again this year. They have been great to me and I hope that I can continue to do them proud.”

Gary Hurley is looking to build on a T4 finish at the Open de Portugal on the Challenge Tour last week, which lifted him up the Road to Ras Al Khaimah rankings to 37th place. Gary competed on both the European and Challenge Tour last year and his best finish came at the Rocco Forte Open on the European Tour, where he came T23.

“The support that everyone at Fingagolfbreak.com has given me over the last year has been unwavering, and it is something that I am really grateful for. I’m looking forward to another year on the course, wearing the Findagolfbreak.com logo.”, said Hurley.

“Findagolfbreak.com are delighted to have the opportunity to support three young professionals in Adrian, Gary and Laurie, as they strive for their ambitions of being at the very top of the golfing ladder”, said Simon Jackson, partner of Findagolfbreak.com.

“We are continuing to grow as a company and are very proud to be associated with these guys and Hambric Sports, in giving young professional golfers every chance to be the best golfers that they can be. We wish Adrian, Gary and Laurie the very best of luck for their season ahead”.

Well done to both Laurie Canter and Martin Laird on securing spots into the 146th Open Championship at Royal Birkdale later this month.

Canter secured his tee-time after a thrilling play-off on Tuesday at Final Qualifying against two other players at Notts Hollinwell Golf Course.

“Obviously it will be a great week, I’m just excited to get going,” said Canter, who is in his second full year on the European Tour.

“Tuesday was a fairly long day and I’m having a bit of a come down, but the prospect of playing at the Open will be brilliant. I’m definitely playing the most consistent golf I have ever played in my life, I’ve got some really good people around me now,”

Laurie shot a bogey free 67 in the morning and followed it up with a 2 under 70, to see him finish the day on -7 – good enough for a tie for third with two others.

In the first sudden death hole against Italian Stefano Mazzoli and Englishman Rhys Nevin-Wharton, Canter holed a nervy 10ft to avoid elimination.

Mazzoli was knocked out of contention at the second and a third par on the trot was enough for Canter to see off Nevin-Wharton after they teed it up for a third time.

Scotland’s Martin Laird earned his place at The Open by finishing tied for third at the Quicken Loans National in Maryland.

He shot a final round 67 (three under par), to end the event on five under.

“Anytime you can play in an Open, that’s my favourite tournament of the year,” said Laird.

“To have the chance to play it anytime is special. I’ve heard great things about Birkdale.”

Not only has Martin qualified for The Open, but he is also back in the world’s top 100 (87th) for the first time in more than three years, which shows the great golf that he is playing at the moment.

Martin and Laurie will join Dustin, Brooks and Thorbjorn who have already qualified for The Open Championship. What a great week at Royal Birkdale it is going to be!