Warren rallies to boost tour card bid
MARC WARREN bolstered his push to regain his European Tour card in the third round of the circuit’s six-round qualifying school final at Lumine near Barcelona yesterday.
The three-time tour champion and former World Cup winner, who lost his playing rights at the end of a miserable 2019 campaign, fired a four-under 67 to move onto a four-under aggregate.
That left Warren two shots outside the current cardwinning places heading into today’s fourth round of the gruelling 108-hole marathon.
Barassie rookie Euan Walker, the runner-up in the Amateur championship and the European Amateur Championship this season, posted a 70 and was sitting on the five-under mark, one stroke outside a top-25 finish required to graduate to the 2020 European Tour. Perth’s Daniel Young is also on a five-under tally after a 72.
Borderer Craig Howie and Bearsden’s Ewen Ferguson sit on the three and two-under mark respectively but Liam Johnston, who lost his tour card at the end of the season, is facing a mighty battle just to qualify for the closing two rounds after a damaging 76 left him four shots outside the current 72-hole cut mark.
At the front of the field, Denmark’s Benjamin Poke, who recently completed a strong rookie season on the European Challenge Tour, posted a 69 to lead the way on 12-under.
“It was nice to finish with a flurry of birdies at the end,” he said. “I haven’t really looked at the scoreboards this week or checked online after the round to see how I’m doing and I’ve been watching snooker over the last few days in the evening to take my mind off things.
“I’m trying not to think about the top 25 at the moment as I can’t control what other players are doing, I can only try and control how I play and we’ll see where it all ends up at the end of the week.”
Poke finished two shots clear of his nearest rival Lars van Meijel while India’s S.S.P Chawrasia and Toby Tree of England are third.
Jamie Donaldson, who won the Ryder Cup for Europe in 2014, was forced to withdraw after two rounds while Italy’s Matteo Manassero, the former world No. 25, is set to miss the cut.