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Broadhurst wins through at Q-School

As he walked up to the ball on the final green of his 108th hole of competitive golf in six days, Paul Broadhurst allowed himself a surreptitious glance at the leaderboard and liked what he saw. It was not so much the score at the top that attracted his attention, as the figure on the bottom, for it confirmed that once more he would be allowed to play, as of right, on the money-spinning European Tour next season.

The former Ryder Cup player has found himself in a scrap at the Tour’s qualifying school this week, and it would be fair to say that he has hated almost every minute. With 168 players competing for 35 places, Broadhurst saved his best until last, forcing himself up the field and into a qualifying place with a final round of 66, five under par.

The scoreboard had simply confirmed what in his heart Broadhurst knew to be true — that with the projected cut at 11 under par, he was home and dry, comfortably placed at four shots better off.

It was all a far cry from the previous year, when he had failed to make it through what is known as Q-School and was left effectively living on his name and relying on sponsors’ invitations to tournaments. Afterwards, exhausted but relieved, he left nobody in any doubt what it all meant. “In the circumstances, that’s my best ever round,” he said.

Better even than the singles win in the Ryder Cup at Kiawah Island in 1991, the year that he beat Mark O’Meara and secured another point in the fourballs with Ian Woosnam?

“They don’t even compare. This was far more important,” Broadhurst said. “It was either a good score today or the Challenge Tour next year. I would have done it, but I wouldn’t have wanted to. I’ve got a family to keep.”

Prize-money on the European Tour this year was about £60 million. The Challenge Tour had a prize fund of around £3.5 million, with the top 15 players qualifying automatically for the next season’s main tour.

After a run of three birdies from the 13th, his 4th, Broadhurst knew it was going to be his day when his three-wood second shot stopped inches short of rolling into the water at the back of the 18th green. A birdie there, and he was out in 32 and four shots to the good.

Broadhurst, 37, was particularly pleased by the way that he coped with the windy conditions. “I would have settled for a 68, and just get 35th place,” he said, allowing himself to smile for what seemed the first time in a week. “Now I’ll have a beer and phone my wife and my mates at Drayton Park to tell them the news. Last year was a low point, but hopefully this will be the start of better things. I want to be back in contention.”

At the head of the field, what had seemed a formality at the start of the day for Philip Archer turned into a nervy head-to-head match with Per Nyman, his Swedish playing partner. Leading by four shots going into the final round, Archer, whose driving and putting had been peerless all week, found his game deserting him. Opening with a bogey on the 1st, he reached the turn just one up on Nyman and found himself level when the Swede birdied the 10th.

Archer restored his lead with a birdie at the par-four 12th, only to see it lost, then restored again, at the next two holes. But it was at the 15th that his hopes dived, a double bogey after a visit to the water finally denting his confidence.

“I’m disappointed, but I came here to get a card and I finished second,” Archer said. “I put a bad swing on it at 15 and it cost me the tournament. But I can’t take anything away from Per. He shot 66 to my 71. To shoot 27 under and still not win shows how strong it is out there.”

Nyman, who took the £11,000 first prize, was almost too worn out to celebrate. “My stomach has been churning all week,” he said. “Even though I have been playing well, I haven’t really enjoyed it.”

Mark Mouland, who has played in 520 events on the European Tour, struggled throughout and finished on eight under par after a final round of 72. In 2001, he earned £228,000, finishing 62nd on the Order of Merit. This year he won just under £88,000 from 33 starts. Russell Claydon, winner of the BMW International in 1998, missed out by three strokes after a level-par round left him on eight under.

Spare also a thought for Brett Rumford and Marco Bernardini. Rumford, an Australian, set a course-record 62 on the first day but was unable to capitalise. Yesterday, after a par 71, he finished on ten under for the tournament and missed qualifying by one stroke.

Bernardini, from Italy, dropped four strokes over the last three holes and moved from 13 under par to nine under. How do you get over that?

Tour qualifiers from Emporda

Great Britain and Ireland unless stated

Final totals: 400: P Nyman (Swe) 70, 64, 71, 63, 66, 66. 401: P Archer 67, 63, 68, 67, 65, 71. 402: P Golding 67, 65, 68, 67, 69, 66. 403: M Brier (Austria) 63, 69, 70, 67, 69, 65. 405: J A Larsen (Nor) 67, 70, 69, 72, 64, 63; G Murphy 67, 64, 71, 67, 69, 67. 407: A Raitt 69, 68, 70, 67, 66, 67. 408: A Marshall 64, 69, 70, 66, 66, 73. 409: M Archer 66, 68, 69, 69, 68, 69; E de la Riva (Sp) 67, 63, 69, 70, 69, 71. 410: M Eliasson (Swe) 67, 66, 72, 66, 70, 69; E Little 70, 66, 73, 64, 68, 69. 411: M Vide-Hastrup (Nor) 71, 67, 72, 65, 69, 67; R Reid (SA) 71, 63, 72, 67, 69, 69; F Orest (Swe) 64, 72, 70, 69, 65, 71; M Siem (Ger) 68, 66, 67, 69, 68, 73. 412: S Khan 69, 71, 69, 71, 66, 66; T Price (Aus) 69, 67, 71, 68, 69, 68; F Delamontagne (Fr) 65, 71, 70, 69, 67, 70; S Webster 67, 70, 71, 68, 65, 71. 413: P Broadhurst 68, 69, 74, 69, 67, 66; B Mason 71, 68, 70, 68, 67, 69; D Dixon 67, 68, 72, 66, 69, 71. 414: C Schwartzel (SA) 71, 65, 74, 69, 69, 66; R-J Derksen (Neth) 70, 69, 67, 68, 70, 70; F Roca (Sp) 70, 65, 70, 68, 69, 72. 415: R Sterne (SA) 68, 67, 77, 66, 69, 68; S Scahill (NZ) 71, 66, 71, 72, 68, 67; A Tadini (It) 65, 69, 71, 70, 71, 69; K Storgaard (Den) 64, 73, 71, 68, 70, 69; M Cort 70, 74, 64, 71, 66, 70. 417: A Salto (Sp) 66, 68, 73, 70, 70, 70; J M Arruti (Sp) 72, 67, 71, 69, 67, 71; J L Guepy (Fr) 71, 70, 69, 69, 69, 69; F Bisazza (It) 69, 67, 72, 68, 70, 71; M Urquhart 74, 69, 68, 67, 68, 71; J M Lara (Sp) 68, 74, 64, 72, 68, 71; D McGrane 70, 64, 71, 73, 67, 72; J Clement (Switz) 69, 70, 69, 65, 71, 73.

The following failed to earn cards:

418: B Rumford (Aus) 62, 71, 72, 71, 71, 71; A Johnson (US) 71, 67, 70, 71, 69, 70; R McEvoy 71, 71, 69, 68, 69, 70; S Cage 69, 68, 70, 70, 72, 69; M Florioli (It) 65, 68, 75, 72, 70, 68; S Browne 65, 73, 77, 63, 72, 68; S Bowditch (Aus) 69, 70, 70, 69, 74, 66. 419: B Pettersson (Swe) 65, 70, 73, 71, 67, 73; M Bernardini (It) 68, 69, 71, 64, 73, 74. 420: P Hanson (Swe) 66, 72, 70, 69, 70, 73; P Magnebrant (Swe) 65, 69, 69, 70, 75, 72; M Mouland 67, 72, 72, 68, 69, 72; A Cruse (SA) 74, 68, 64, 74, 68, 72; R Claydon 68, 72, 72, 66, 71, 71; M Santi (It) 70, 71, 65, 73, 71, 70. 421: E Rush 66, 65, 74, 75, 70, 71; I Goroneskoul (Fr) 66, 76, 67, 71, 72, 69; T Moore (SA) 68, 72, 72, 68, 73, 68. 422: J Hepworth 73, 66, 72, 67, 70, 74; N Cheetham 67, 72, 70, 70, 70, 73; R Guillard (Fr) 63, 74, 71, 72, 70, 72; H Kahlon (India) 68, 69, 74, 67, 72, 72; M Fraser (Aus) 73, 69, 67, 70, 72, 71; M Reale (It) 70, 67, 72, 69, 73, 71; G Cullen 63, 72, 74, 69, 73, 71. 423: L Parsons (Aus) 67, 72, 72, 69, 71, 72; D Lee 68, 65, 73, 71, 74, 72. 424: D de Vooght (Bel) 72, 67, 69, 71, 70, 75. 425: E Stedman (Aus) 67, 73, 72, 67, 71, 75; B Hume 65, 72, 71, 70, 72, 75. 426: A Binaghi (It) 71, 73, 65, 70, 70, 77; S Fernández (Arg) 68, 73, 69, 70, 71 75. 428: M Kirk (SA) 74, 69, 64, 72, 72, 77; F Guermani (It) 69, 67, 71, 73, 77, 71. 429: N Lawrence (SA) 69, 75, 67, 66, 74, 78; C Gane 63, 73, 74, 67, 76, 76. 431: A McLean 68, 70, 72, 69, 74, 76. 432: R Johansen (Swe) 70, 76, 66, 68, 77, 75.


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