• European Tour Final Qualifying

Parry on course to secure playing rights

ESPN staff
November 28, 2012
John Parry looks on course to gain playing rights for the 2013 European Tour season © Getty Images

England's John Parry looks on course to secure his European Tour card for the 2013 season, as he leads Final Qualifying by four shots heading into the final round.

Parry, the current world No. 594, carded a fifth round 66 to move to 17-under par at PGA Catalunya in Girona - good enough to give himself a comfortable cushion over the chasing pack.

With the top 25 players on the final leaderboard guaranteed playing rights for next year on the European Tour, and Parry 13 shots clear of the current cut-off mark, only an implosion over the final round could deny Harrogate-born player from succeeding in his aim.

Four other English players - Matthew Southgate, Andy Sullivan, Matthew Nixon and Richard McEvoy - are also currently well placed to finish in the top 25, along with the likes of Tano Goya and Gary Orr.

But a number of players need to make big moves over the final round to sneak inside the all-important top 25 - with 2008 Ryder Cup player Oliver Wilson currently two shots outside the qualifying spots at three-under par.

"It's my first time at Q-School and it's a long week," Wilson said on Tuesday. "I made some big numbers on the first few days and you feel like the world is going to end but it's amazing, if you can hang in there and be patient all of a sudden it feels so much better."

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