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Tom Whitehouse tops European Q-School

Britain's Tom Whitehouse finished top of the class after the sixth and final round of the European Tour's qualifying school finals at San Roque Club, Cadiz on Tuesday.

The 25-year-old Englishman led 32 qualifiers on to the 2006 European Tour, a four-under-par 68 giving him a six-round total of 13-under 419.

Compatriot Robert Rock fired a closing 71 to finish second at 11 under with another Englishman, David Griffiths, a further four strokes back in third after a 76.

"Robert, David and I had a great battle all day and it feels good to have come out on top of that," a beaming Whitehouse told reporters.

"I didn't feel like I was playing that great coming here but my dad, who was my caddie this week, was a massive influence, the best he has ever been.

"I came here to try and improve on the card that I had won the Challenge Tour and I have moved up about 34 spots on category 11 so I think we could say that it was worth coming here now."

The 84 players who survived Sunday's fourth round cut had to play a minimum of 26 further holes on the final day, steady rain and thunderstorms having forced the abandonment of the fifth round on Monday.

Among those securing their 2006 playing privileges were South Africans Louis Oosthuizen and Darren Fichardt, Britons Shaun Webster, David Dixon and Ian Pyman, Spaniard Santiago Luna and 1999 Ryder Cup player Jarmo Sandelin of Sweden.

Former European Tour winners Malcolm Mackenzie and Raymond Russell of Britain, Swede Patrik Sjoland and Denmark's Anders Hansen, the 2002 Volvo PGA champion, were among those who missed out.

19 Tom Whitehouse 70 66 72 71 72 68

421 Robert Rock 69 69 72 71 69 71

425 David Griffiths 71 68 70 72 68 76

427 Mattias Eliasson (Swe) 72 71 73 74 71 66, Louis Oosthuizen (Rsa) 71 68 73 77 71 67, Shaun P Webster 72 73 69 72 73 68

429 David Dixon 76 71 69 73 71 69

431 Iain Pyman 71 71 73 73 74 69

432 Johan Edfors (Swe) 71 75 68 71 75 72, Michele Reale (Ita) 75 69 73 68 76 71, Alexandre Rocha (Bra) 72 73 73 70 74 70, Jarmo Sandelin (Swe) 69 72 72 76 74 69, Leif Westerberg (Swe) 79 74 70 72 74 63

433 Ross Fisher 76 71 75 71 72 68, Francisco Valera (Spa) 71 73 71 74 73 71, Oliver Whiteley 73 72 68 73 73 74

434 Felipe Aguilar (Chi) 76 70 70 77 72 69, Miguel Carballo (Arg) 74 73 75 73 70 69

435 David Bransdon (Aus) 72 72 69 79 73 70, Darren Fichardt (Rsa) 73 72 73 73 75 69, Matthew Millar (Aus) 71 72 74 75 72 71, Christian L Nilsson (Swe) 73 70 78 73 69 72

436 Warren Abery (Rsa) 76 75 67 75 72 71, Gary Clark 73 71 78 75 69 70, Santiago Luna (Spa) 71 74 71 75 74 71, Henrik Nystrom (Swe) 74 71 70 75 76 70, Stephen Scahill (Nzl) 74 69 77 70 74 72, Wilhelm Schauman (Swe) 76 72 72 76 72 68, Anders Sjostrand (Swe) 66 74 76 75 72 73, Kieran Staunton 76 69 73 76 70 72, Benoit Teilleria (Fra) 71 68 74 77 75 71, Tuomas Tuovinen (Fin) 77 70 67 76 70 76

437 Magnus P Atlevi (Swe) 76 70 70 78 75 68, Marcus Both (Aus) 77 78 67 71 76 68, Ariel Canete (Arg) 72 72 75 72 69 77, David Drysdale 71 73 74 79 71 69, Jamie Little 72 73 76 70 74 72, Malcolm Mackenzie 72 76 73 76 72 68, Cedric Menut (Fra) 69 76 74 72 72 74

438 Brian Akstrup (Den) 78 70 70 75 75 70, Alfredo Garcia (Spa) 70 76 76 74 72 70, Keith Horne (Rsa) 71 74 72 75 75 71, Alexander Noren (Swe) 68 73 75 74 71 77, David Patrick 72 75 72 77 74 68, Patrik Sjoland (Swe) 72 71 78 74 71 72, Phil Worthington 73 76 74 69 72 74

439 Fredrik Andersson Hed (Swe) 70 73 75 75 74 72, Ivo Giner (Spa) 69 78 68 74 77 73, Simon Hurd 71 71 73 77 76 71

440 Johan Axgren (Swe) 76 73 74 70 75 72, Paul Nilbrink (Nor) 74 67 73 73 78 75, Julien Quesne (Fra) 77 67 74 76 73 73, Massimo Scarpa (Ita) 72 70 77 78 73 70, Inder Van Weerelt (Ned) 73 72 75 74 76 70

441 Sergio Acevedo (Arg) 77 73 75 71 74 71, Jorge Berendt (Arg) 77 71 75 73 76 69, Andre Bossert (Swi) 75 74 70 77 73 72, (x) Rafael Cabrera Bello (Spa) 68 74 75 78 74 72, Fredrik Henge (Swe) 72 76 70 76 73 74, Denny Lucas (Eng) 75 70 72 80 69 75

442 Jorge Benedetti (Ita) 72 74 75 76 75 70, Diego Borrego (Spa) 71 74 75 77 72 73, Jarrod Lyle (Aus) 76 71 73 72 72 78, Stuart Manley 76 71 72 73 74 76, Gareth Wright 78 73 73 71 72 75

443 Anders S Hansen (Den) 73 71 74 77 73 75, Pedro Linhart (Spa) 75 73 69 80 72 74, Gary Lockerbie 76 73 72 72 74 76

444 Graham Fox 75 76 77 69 73 74, Carlos Rodiles (Spa) 78 69 70 77 73 77, Raymond Russell 77 71 71 75 74 76

445 Ralph Miller (Ned) 76 72 75 74 73 75

446 Marcus Higley 75 73 73 76 77 72, Juan Parron (Spa) 74 78 70 75 77 72

447 Kariem Baraka (Ger) 74 76 72 70 74 81, Erol Simsek (Ger) 79 74 75 69 77 73, Ben Willman 74 76 70 77 70 80

448 Michael Jonzon (Swe) 71 73 74 75 78 77

449 Jean Hugo (Rsa) 77 75 72 73 79 73, Nicolas Meitinger (Ger) 74 71 74 78 74 78, Johan Skold (Swe) 70 70 76 77 79 77

451 Manuel Quiros (Spa) 72 78 70 76 80 75

452 Andrew McArthur 77 73 69 77 74 82

November 16, 2005

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