McEvoy Wins European Q-School

By Golf Channel NewsroomNovember 12, 2003, 5:00 pm
European TourRichard McEvoy claimed medalist honors in the 2003 European Tour Qualifying Tournament. He shot 28-under-par 400 ' a new Q-School record ' in the six-round final stage.
 
The 24-year-old Englishman was forced into Q-School after finishing 19th on the Challenge Tours (Europes developmental tour) money list.
 
This is his first professional victory.
 
I set a goal to win this week after missing out on the Challenge Tour, he said. Its been a great week and Im obviously pleased to shoot a great score as well.
 
The final stage was contested at Emporada Golf Club and Golf Platja de Pals in Spain. McEvoy shot 8-under 63 at Emporada in the fifth round, and closed in 67 on the same venue.
 
He finished three strokes clear of the runner-up, Australian Wade Ormsby.
 
Ill probably go and live with Adam (Scott) near Wentworth next year, Ormsby said. He is a great friend of mine, and someone I look up to. I think if I can get anywhere near to his standard on the tour then Ill be keeping my card.
 
Exactly 35 players earned their European Tour cards for next season, including four former tour winners. Warren Bennett (eighth), David Carter (17th), Jorge Berendt (24th) and Miguel Angel Martin (27th) will be back on the circuit in 2004.
 
The last available spot went to South African Desvonde Botes. Botes birdied the 108th and final hole to take solo 35th place.
 
European Tour Qualifying - Final Results
 
1   Richard MCEVOY        (Eng)   72 66 67 65 63 67 400
2 Wade ORMSBY (Aus) 70 63 69 66 69 66 403
3 Damien MCGRANE (Ire) 71 63 70 65 70 66 405
4 Jeppe HULDAHL (Den) 67 67 71 63 68 69 405
5 Matthew CORT (Eng) 68 67 72 69 64 66 406
6 Ben BANKS (Eng) 71 69 68 68 63 67 406
7 Nobuhito SATO (Jpn) 65 69 70 68 67 67 406
8 Warren BENNETT (Eng) 70 69 68 66 67 67 407
9 Terry PRICE (Aus) 68 67 68 69 68 67 407
10 Paul MARANTZ (Aus) 70 65 68 67 70 67 407
11 Daniel GAUNT (Aus) 65 71 69 65 66 71 407
12 Per NYMAN (Swe) 67 66 67 67 69 71 407
13 Steven O'HARA (Scot) 68 67 69 64 67 72 407
14 Francois DELAMONTAGNE (Fr) 68 63 70 65 69 72 407
15 David DIXON (Eng) 70 65 73 69 61 70 408
16 Chris GANE (Eng) 75 67 68 67 67 65 409
17 David CARTER (Eng) 67 71 68 68 68 67 409
18 Cesar MONASTERIO (Arg) 68 71 66 70 66 68 409
19 Mattias ELIASSON (Swe) 70 67 68 64 72 68 409
20 Alan MCLEAN (Scot) 71 67 70 65 67 69 409
21 Steven JEPPESEN (Swe) 65 69 69 69 68 69 409
22 Tom WHITEHOUSE (Eng) 67 63 70 69 71 69 409
23 Jean-Franois LUCQUIN (Fr) 68 66 70 71 64 70 409
24 Jorge BERENDT (Arg) 68 67 70 66 68 70 409
25 Marc PENDARIES (Fr) 73 69 68 69 67 64 410
26 Jesus Maria ARRUTI (Sp) 69 65 71 70 68 67 410
27 Miguel Angel MARTIN (Sp) 68 70 67 68 70 67 410
28 Fernando ROCA (Sp) 66 70 70 70 66 68 410
29 Craig SPENCE (Aus) 66 69 71 67 69 68 410
30 Mattias NILSSON (Swe) 70 70 66 66 70 68 410
31 Christopher HANELL (Swe) 65 69 67 71 69 69 410
32 Euan LITTLE (Scot) 72 69 67 72 66 65 411
33 Rob RASHELL (USA) 71 65 70 70 68 67 411
34 Louis OOSTHUIZEN (SA) 68 70 70 68 67 68 411
35 Desvonde BOTES (SA) 67 67 70 68 68 71 411
36 Gareth PADDISON (NZ) 71 69 67 68 67 70 412
37 Benoit TEILLERIA (Fr) 68 72 68 71 69 65 413
38 Stephen COLLINS (Aus) 71 70 67 72 67 66 413
39 Paul STREETER (Eng) 68 69 69 71 68 68 413
40 David DRYSDALE (Scot) 69 68 68 68 74 67 414
41 Russell CLAYDON (Eng) 68 70 69 68 71 68 414
42 Bruno-Teva LECUONA (Fr) 67 71 70 70 67 69 414
43 Andrew MCLARDY (SA) 71 67 67 72 67 70 414
44 Leif WESTERBERG (Swe) 74 67 70 67 71 66 415
45 Graeme STORM (Eng) 68 73 70 69 68 67 415
46 Benn BARHAM (Eng) 70 70 70 68 69 68 415
47 Mark SANDERS (Eng) 65 72 71 69 70 68 415
48 Simon EDWARDS (Wal) 68 75 67 66 71 68 415
49 Magnus PERSSON ATLEVI (Swe) 64 69 75 69 69 69 415
50 Graham GORDON (Scot) 71 64 72 71 67 70 415
51 Stuart DAVIS (Eng) 69 65 73 69 69 70 415
52 Johan KOK (SA) 72 67 71 64 71 70 415
53 Massimo FLORIOLI (It) 70 66 68 69 72 70 415
54 Carlos QUEVEDO (Sp) 69 66 69 71 69 71 415
55 Mikael LUNDBERG (Swe) 68 70 69 67 70 71 415
56 Henrik NYSTROM (Swe) 75 64 73 66 65 72 415
57 Matthew MORRIS (Eng) 70 75 66 68 63 73 415
58 Darren LENG (Eng) 70 72 70 68 70 66 416
59 Philip WALTON (Ire) 72 71 69 68 68 68 416
60 Fredrik HENGE (Swe) 70 68 70 69 68 71 416
61 Simon DYSON (Eng) 70 65 71 68 70 72 416
62 Daniel VANCSIK (Arg) 70 70 70 69 70 68 417
63 John MELLOR (Eng) 69 71 72 68 68 69 417
64 Andreas LJUNGGREN (Swe) 68 72 70 69 69 69 417
65 Shaun P WEBSTER (Eng) 71 68 69 69 71 69 417
66 Raphael PELLICIOLI (Fr) 71 70 68 70 68 70 417
67 Sarel SON-HOUI (Fr) 66 72 70 70 71 69 418
68 Adam CRAWFORD (Aus) 68 68 68 72 72 70 418
69 Sion E BEBB (Wal) 70 68 68 70 70 72 418
70 Brian AKSTRUP (Den) 72 69 70 67 75 66 419
71 Kyron SULLIVAN (Wal) 69 70 72 69 69 70 419
72 Peter GUSTAFSSON (Swe) 70 70 71 68 69 71 419
73 Murray URQUHART (Scot) 72 67 66 69 72 73 419
74 Richard BLAND (Eng) 69 74 67 69 71 70 420
75 Johan AXGREN (Swe) 67 69 73 68 68 75 420
76 Jan-Are LARSEN (Nor) 72 71 69 68 69 72 421
77 Michael KIRK (SA) 72 67 74 67 73 69 422
78 Alexandre BALICKI (Fr) 71 71 69 67 68 77 423
79 Van PHILLIPS (Eng) 73 70 69 68 73 72 425
80 Andr BOSSERT (Swi) 69 64 71 72 75 74 425
81 Jean Louis GUEPY (Fr) 70 70 70 70 70 75 425
 
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Punch shot: Predictions for the 147th Open

By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 18, 2018, 4:00 pm

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – In advance of the 147th Open Championship, GolfChannel.com writers sound off on burning questions as players ready for a fast and firm test at Carnoustie. Here’s what our writers think about myriad topics:

The Monday morning headline will be …

REX HOGGARD: “Survival.” This one is easy. It always is at Carnoustie, which is widely considered The Open’s most demanding major championship test. Monday’s headline will be that the champion - pick a champion, any one will do - “survived” another dramatic Open. You don’t dominate Carnoustie; you endure.

RYAN LAVNER: “DJ Bashes Way to Victory at Carnoustie.” If somehow a two-win season could be disappointing, it has been for DJ. He’s first in scoring average, birdie average, par-4 scoring, par-5 scoring, strokes gained: tee to green and proximity from the rough. Those last two stats are the most important, especially here at Carnoustie, with these dry conditions. The game’s preeminent long-and-straight driver, there’s a better-than-decent chance he rolls.

MERCER BAGGS: “Rahm Tough: Spaniard charges to Open victory.” Jon Rahm will claim him maiden major title this week by powering his way through the winds and fescue at Carnoustie.

JAY COFFIN: “Thomas wins second major, ascends to world No. 1 again.” Shortly after The Open last year, Thomas rolled through the end of the PGA Tour season. This is the time of year he likes best. Despite a poor Open record the last two years, he’s not remotely concerned. He’s a tad miffed he didn’t win in France two weeks ago and comes to Carnoustie refreshed, with a gameplan, and ready to pounce.



Who or what will be the biggest surprise?

HOGGARD: Style of play. Given Carnoustie’s reputation as a brute, the surprise will be how the champion arrives at his lofty perch. Unlike previous editions at Carnoustie, this week’s dry conditions will promote more aggressive play off the tee and the winner will defy the norm and power his way to victory.

LAVNER: Tiger Woods. This is Woods’ best chance to win a major this year, and here’s believing he contends. His greatest strengths are his iron game and scrambling, and both aspects will be tested to the extreme at Carnoustie, helping separate him from some of the pretenders. With even a little cooperation from his putter, he should be in the mix.

BAGGS: Padraig Harrington. He had a good opening round last week at the Scottish Open and has some good vibes being the 2007 Open champion at Carnoustie. He won’t contend for four rounds, but a few days in the mix would be a nice surprise.

COFFIN: Alex Noren. Perhaps someone ranked 11th in the world shouldn’t be a surprise, but with so much focus on some of the bigger, household names, don’t be surprised when Noren is in contention on Sunday. He hasn’t finished worse than 25th since early May and won two weeks ago in France. He also tied for sixth place last year at Royal Birkdale.



Who or what will be the biggest disappointment?

HOGGARD: Jordan Spieth. Although he was brilliant on his way to victory last year at Royal Birkdale, Spieth is not the same player for this week’s championship, the byproduct of a balky putter that has eroded his confidence. Spieth said giving back the claret jug this week was hard, but his finish will be even tougher.

LAVNER: Weather. This might sound a little sadistic, but one of the unique joys of covering this tournament is to watch the best in the world battle conditions they face only once a year – the bone-chilling cold, the sideways rain, the howling wind. It doesn’t appear as though that’ll happen this year. With only a few hours of light rain expected, and no crazy winds in the forecast, the biggest challenge for these stars will be judging the bounces on the hard, baked-out turf.

BAGGS: Jordan Spieth. The defending champion is still trying to find his winning form and Carnoustie doesn’t seem the place to do that. As much as he says he loves playing in strong winds, there should be enough danger around here to frustrate Spieth into a missed cut.

COFFIN: Rory McIlroy. I hope I’m wrong on this, because the game is better when Rory is in contention at majors. Putting always has been his issue and seemingly always will be. While there isn’t as much of a premium placed on putting this week because of slower greens, he may still have to hit it close. Super close.



What will be the winning score?

HOGGARD: 10 under. The last two Opens played at Carnoustie were won with 7-under and 6-over totals, but this week’s conditions will favor more aggressive play and lower scores. Expect to see plenty of birdies, but the great equalizer will come on Sunday when wind gusts are forecast to reach 25 mph.

LAVNER: 15 under. An Open at Carnoustie has never produced a winner lower than 9 under (Tom Watson in 1975), but never have the conditions been this susceptible to low scores. Sure, the fairway bunkers are still a one-shot penalty, but today’s big hitters can fly them. The thin, wispy rough isn’t much of a deterrent. And the wind isn’t expected to really whip until the final day.

BAGGS: 12 under. We aren’t going to see the same kind of weather we have previously witnessed at Carnoustie, and that’s a shame. Any players who catch relatively benign conditions should be able to go low, as long as they can properly navigate the fairway rollout.

COFFIN: 14 under. Walked into a local golf shop in the town of Carnoustie wearing a Golf Channel logo and the man behind the counter said, “It’ll take 14 under to win this week.” Well, he’s been here for years and seen Carnoustie host The Open twice before. He knows more about it than I do, so I’ll stick with his number.

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Watch: Na plays backwards flop and practices lefty

By Grill Room TeamJuly 18, 2018, 3:16 pm

Fresh off his victory at The Greenbrier, Kevin Na is taking a quite-literally-backwards approach to his Open prep.

Caddie Kenny Harms has been sharing videos of Na's early work at Carnoustie.

This one shows Na standing in a bunker and playing a flop shot over his own head (as opposed to someone else's):

While it's unlikely he'll have a need for that exact shot this week, it's far more likely a player may have to think about turning his club over and playing from the wrong side of the ball, like so:

Na has made 4 of 6 cuts at The Open and will look to improve on his best career finish, currently a T-22 in 2016 at Royal Troon.

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McIlroy growing 'comfortable' on Open courses

By Ryan LavnerJuly 18, 2018, 1:45 pm

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – For a player who once complained about the vagaries of links golf, Rory McIlroy enters this Open with a dazzling record in the sport’s oldest championship.

Though he missed the 2015 event because of an ankle injury, McIlroy has now posted three consecutive top-5 finishes in the year’s third major.

“It’s surprising a little bit that my best form in major championships has been this tournament,” he said Wednesday, “but at the same time I’ve grown up these courses, and I’m comfortable on them. I think going to courses on The Open rota that I’ve played quite a lot. I think that helps. You have a comfort level with the golf course, and you’ve built up enough experience to know where to hit and where not to hit it.”


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McIlroy still regrets what happened in 2015, when he “did something slightly silly” and injured his ankle while playing soccer a few weeks before the event. That came a year after he triumphed at Royal Liverpool.

“Since 2010, I couldn’t wait to play The Open at St. Andrews,” he said. “I thought that was one of my best chances to win a major.”

He tied for 42nd at Carnoustie in 2007, earning low-amateur honors.  

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Height of irony: Phil putts in front of 'rules' sign

By Grill Room TeamJuly 18, 2018, 1:36 pm

A picture is worth 1,000 words and potentially two strokes for playing a moving ball under Rule 14-5 but not Rule 1-2.

Phil Mickelson has been having some fun during his Open prep at Carnoustie hitting flop shots over human beings, but the irony of this photo below is too obvious to go over anyone's head.

Mickelson also tried tapping down fescue two weeks ago at The Greenbrier, incurring another two-shot penalty.

And so we're left to wonder about what Phil asked himself back at Shinnecock Hills: "The real question is, ‘What am I going to do next?’”