Del Moral victorious at Catalunya

Carlos Del Moral claimed an emphatic victory at the European Tour's Qualifying School at PGA Catalunya Resort as he claimed one of 27 cards handed out for next season's Race to Dubai.

Carlos Del Moral

The top 25 and ties at the end of an arduous six rounds earned their qualification for next year and Del Moral finished top of the pile as he came through the final stage of qualifying for the fourth time in six years.

The Spaniard began the competition with a steady opening three rounds but scores of 63, 65 and 67 at the end of the week saw him finish on 26 under par, five shots clear of Paraguay's Fabrizio Zanotti.

Italian Marco Crespi sat a further six shots back in third place and he was followed by Frenchman Gary Stal on 14 under.

John Hahn led a group of three players a further shot back and is one of four Americans to earn their place on Tour this week.

Englishman James Morrison, winner of the 2011 Madeira Island Open, was amongst those who finished on 12 under, one shot clear of Swede Patrik Sjoland, who has not won on Tour since claiming the Irish Open in 2000 but has earned his spot back on the big stage.

The cut fell at nine under, with Scotland's Alastair Forsyth and England's Adam Gee just squeezing inside the mark despite finishing with two over par 74s.

South Africa's Tjaart van der Walt, Norwegian Espen Kofstad and Frenchman Edouard Espana were the men to finish a single shot under the line with Espana left to rue a 74.

Former Ryder Cup player Oliver Wilson missed out by two shots for the second consecutive year with 2011 Czech Open champion Oliver Fisher and two-time Tour winner Bradley Dredge also failing to make the grade.

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