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.