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McEvoy tops European Q-School

Britain's Richard McEvoy won the European Tour's qualifying school finals by three shots on Wednesday, earning his playing privileges for the 2004 tour along with 34 other players.

Englishman McEvoy, who finished 19th in this season's Challenge Tour rankings, completed the six rounds on a 28-under-par total of 400 to claim the winner's cheque for 16,066 euros ($18,660).

The 24-year-old McEvoy took control of the tournament on the last day by firing a superb eight-under-par 63 at Emporda Golf Club, and clinched the title with a final-round 67 at the same venue.

"I set a goal to win this week after missing out on (qualifying via) the Challenge Tour," said McEvoy, whose six-round total of 400 equalled the record low set by Sweden's Per Nyman last year.

"I knew I was playing well enough coming here and that I was a good enough player to get my card this week after missing out by one last year. Winning here has proved that."

Australia's Wade Ormsby, with closing rounds of 69 and 66, finished second while Irishman Damien McGrane tied for third with Denmark's Jeppe Huldahl at 23-under 405.

Huldahl was one of four players who turned professional just before the start of the tournament.

Four former European Tour winners also secured their 2004 cards at Emporda Golf Club.

Britain's Warren Bennett fired successive closing rounds of 67 to finish joint-eighth, fellow Englishman David Carter and Argentina's Jorge Berendt tied for 16th and Spaniard Miguel Angel Martin, a three-tines European Tour winner, shared 25th.

The final spot went to South Africa's Desvonde Botes, winner of the 2000 qualifying school finals. Botes birdied the last hole for a closing 71 to finish in a four-way tie for 32nd.

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