Wade Wins Open Place

PGA EuroPro Tour Order of Merit leader John Wade was among the 12 golfers to win a place at The Open in this weekend’s final qualifying.

The Australian has been in blistering form in 2005, winning two events on the PGA EuroPro Tour and recording a further two second-placed finishes.

Wade was second in the Ladybank qualifier, carding a 67 on Saturday and a 68 on Sunday to join Edoardo Molinari and Robert Steele in winning places at St Andrews.

Paul McKechnie and and Matthew Woods missed out by two and three shots respectively at Ladybank, while Phil Worthington was painfully denied a spot in The Open.

Worthington, who won The Swallow Challenge last month, agonisingly missed out in a play-off a Leven, with Germany’s Tino Schuster edging him out at the first extra hole.

The Scotscraig qualifier was won by Murray Urquhart, who has played on the PGA EuroPro Tour this year.

Andrew Marshall, who won the opening event of the 2005 PGA EuroPro Tour at Wensum Valley, was two shots behind with a 136 total from his two rounds.

David Close, a top performer on last year’s tour, was one stroke away from claiming a place in the top three.

Daniel Greenwood was a shot behind Brad Faxon and Oscar Floren in the Lundin qualifier, shooting 65 and 69 for a 134 to finish fourth.

Peter Whiteford, who was joint leader at the Sky Sports Qualifying School this year, missed out by two strokes.

“Everyone at the PGA EuroPro Tour would like to congratulate John on his achievement,” said PGA EuroPro Tour Managing Director Eddie Hearn.

“He has been a leading performer this year and has shown the other aspiring golfers on the PGA EuroPro Tour just what they have to do to be successful.

“I’m sure that he will do himself proud at The Open this week. It’s a tremendous chance for him to make a name for himself alongside some of the greatest players ever to lift a club.

“I’m sure the players who missed out will be following his progress keenly. They all did superbly to reach the final qualifying stage and I know they will be back next year.”


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