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Former Ryder Cup players head to Q-School

Former Ryder Cup players Peter Baker, Jarmo Sandelin and Philip Walton return to 'school' in Spain this week in a bid to secure their playing privileges for the 2006 European Tour.

Briton Baker, Swede Sandelin and Irishman Walton, who holed the winning putt for Europe at the 1995 Ryder Cup, will be battling it out in a field of 156 at the tour's qualifying school finals starting at San Roque Club, Cadiz on Thursday.

Up for grabs after six rounds played over San Roque's Old and New courses are 30 European Tour cards for next season.

One player with extra incentive this week is Britain's David Drysdale, who ended an injury-plagued 2005 season 117th in the European order of merit and one spot away from automatically retaining his playing privileges.

"Losing my card hasn't really sunk in yet," the 30-year-old Scot said in a statement released by the tour.

"I didn't expect to lose my card until it actually happened. It's a weird feeling.

"It was a shock. If you'd told me after the Russian Open in mid-August that I wouldn't keep my card, I'd have laughed at you. The way I was playing then, and with six events to go, I was confident.

"Now I have to pick myself up and just get on with it."

November 8, 2005

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