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Sweden's Mathias Gronberg won the PGA Tour qualifying tournament Monday, and former Ryder Cup player Steve Pate and veteran Jay Delsing also secured 2004 cards.

Gronberg, a four-time winner on the European Tour, topped the 34 PGA Tour qualifiers, closing with a 4-under 68 to beat Danny Ellis by two strokes in the six-round event.

Gronberg finished with a 20-under 412 total on Orange County National's Crooked Cat and Panther Lake courses, and earned $50,000. Pate closed with a 68 to tie for 21st, while Delsing shot a 69 to make it by a stroke at 7-under.

Pate, who lost his card after finishing 180th on the money list this season, was 7-under when he teed off on the par-5 18th at Panther Lake. He hit his second shot to 12 feet and made the putt for eagle, finishing at 9-under.

Delsing, who had 1995 U.S. Open champion Corey Pavin as his caddie during the event, had more trouble securing his card.

Delsing was at 2-under after a bogey at the fifth hole, but birdied five of the last 13 holes to reach the cut line of 7-under.

``I was incredibly calm throughout the round, but I was also praying a lot,'' said Delsing, who birdied Nos. 10, 11 and 13 to get to 7-under, then parred out. ``I'm really proud that I was able to stay patient and make the shots I had to make with the pressure on.''

Omar Uresti made the biggest move of the day. He capped an inconsistent tournament by shooting an 8-under 64 at Panther Lake, moving from 34th place to a tie for seventh.

Uresti, who had the low round of the tournament at Crooked Cat with a 63 in the third round, nearly shot himself out of contention with a 79 in the fourth round.

``This event really wears on you,'' said Uresti, who was making his sixth appearance in the Q-school finals. ``I was really down after that fourth round, but my experience here came into play. I realized that if I made a few putts and got on a roll, I could get right back in it.''

Deane Pappas, Roland Thatcher and Hirofumi Miyase made birdie on their final hole to earn their cards.

Wook Soon Kang, Dennis Paulson, Robert Garrigus, Kenechi Kuboya and Brian Henninger tied for 35th at 6-under.

In the past, the top 35 finishers earned exempt status, but a rule change this year gave those five spots to players on the Nationwide Tour and reduced the exempt list to top 30 and ties.

Kang bogeyed the 18th and was the only player to miss getting his card because of a bogey on the final hole.

The following players earned their 2004 PGA Tour cards based on their finish in the final round of the PGA Tour Qualifying School. PGA Tour cards went to the top 30 and ties.

Mathias Gronberg
Danny Ellis
Michael Allen
John Riegger
David Branshaw
Daniel Chopra
Omar Uresti
Kris Cox
Arjun Atwal
John Maginnes
Wes Short
Tjaart van der Walt
Brian Bateman
Ken Duke
Dan Olsen
Kevin Moncrief
Russ Cochran
Todd Hamilton
Brian Kortan
Hunter Mahan
Steve Pate
Rich Barcelo
Scott Hend
Kevin Na
Roger Tambellini
Trevor Dodds
Boyd Summerhays
Brian Gay
Deane Pappas
Jay Delsing
Roland Thatcher
Grant Waite
Hirofumi Miyase
Danny Briggs


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