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Botes Extends Lead at Euro Q-School Finals

Desvonde Botes carded a 2-under-par 70 to take a commanding lead into the final round of the European Tour Qualifying School Finals in Spain.
 
At 16-under-par, the South African is six shots clear of 18-year-old Belgian Nicolas Colsaerts, who shot 73 on Tuesday.
 
'I've been playing well, but still to be 16-under-par after five rounds, I'm more than satisfied,' said Botes, who has missed only ten greens in regulation through 90 holes. 'I've just been striking the ball really well. I feel where the ball is going because I'm hitting a lot of greens and then the putts go in.
 
'Confidence breeds confidence. It's just snowballing.'
 
Colsaerts, just one week removed from his 18th birthday, is playing in his first event as a professional. Tuesday's 73 was his first round over par all week.
 
'I'm quite tired,' said the 1997 and '99 Junior Ryder Cup team member. 'This is the first time I've played six rounds. I started well like every day, but I didn't hole any putts. Today and yesterday were grinding scores. Still, I'm happy with my game.'
 
The top 35 and ties following Wednesday's final round receive their 2001 European Tour cards. Englishman Justin Rose is tied for 15th entering the final round. Among the players on the outside looking in are two former Ryder Cup team members - Phillip Walton and Steven Richardson. Walton is tied for 41st, while Richardson is tied for 47th.