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6 Europeans progress at PGA Q-School

Carl Pettersson of Sweden will lead a group of six European Tour members to bid for ther right to play on the US PGA Tour at next week's final q-school event at LA Quinta, California.

Pettersson, who won the Portuguese Open on the European Tour in 2002, finished in second place at the second preliminary qualifying event in Orlando, Florida - the best of any European hopeful.

The 25-year-old, who already lives in the US, fired a final round 66 for an overall score of -17, one shot behind winner Mike Grob.

Only two of the 21 qualifiers from the Florida event - Pettersson and John E Morgan of England - were European.

Morgan, who turned pro only seven months ago, finished on -13 in a share of 20th place.

Italy's Emanuele Canonica, looking to pit his long-driving prowess against American opposition next year, was the only European-born qualifier at the California event being held at Oak Valley Golf Club, but American Tom Gillis, who finished 149th on the Volvo Order of Merit in 2002, will join Cvanonica in California.

Canonica, who topped the driving distance charts on the European circuit in 2002, performed admirably in far from propitious conditions for a level-par week and a share of third place.

Gillis was three over par for his four rounds.

The last of the three q-school events, at the Deerwood Club in Texas, saw Trophée Lancôme winner Alex Cejka (5th place) and Swede Christopher Hannell (12th) both book places at LA Quinta for a week's time.


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