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European Tour: Impressive Parry romps to Qualifying School win

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Englishman John Parry secured his return to The European Tour in swashbuckling style by winning the Qualifying School Final Stage by four shots courtesy of a two under par 70 in the sixth and final round. The 26 year old began the day four shots clear and his lead was never threatened at PGA Catalunya Resort in northern Spain, where 28 players earned their playing rights for The 2013 European Tour International Schedule.

The gruelling event has become synonymous with drama over the years, and this edition was no different, providing emotions at either end of the spectrum. Young Englishman Chris Lloyd saved the best until last with a five under par 67 to make a late jump into the qualifying spots, and Scot Callum Macaulay holed fantastic putts on the 17th and 18th greens to finish on six under par, one shot inside the mark.

However, another Scotsman, George Murray, was in despair after missing a short putt on the last, a double bogey meaning he missed out by one shot.

At the top of the leaderboard though, Parry soared to a convincing win, posting four birdies and two bogeys to finish four ahead of Mikael Lundberg, who closed with a 69, and six clear of Andy Sullivan, who repeated his 2011 performance in taking third place.

"I'm delighted," said Parry, who won the 2010 Vivendi Cup but then lost his card the following season after finishing 126th in The Race to Dubai. "I knew I had my card sewn up before today started, but I was going for the win and I'm happy to have got the job done."

Scores:

409 J Parry (Eng) 71 71 64 67 66 70;

413 M Lundberg (Swe) 68 68 65 73 70 69;

415 A Sullivan (Eng) 71 67 65 69 72 71;

417 E Goya (Arg) 64 71 64 73 76 69; P Erofejeff (Fin) 72 67 66 73 69 70; M Lampert (am) (Ger) 70 67 65 71 70 74;

418 D Gaunt (Aus) 74 68 68 69 69 70; M Southgate (Eng) 72 70 65 68 68 75;

419 E De La Riva (Esp) 70 70 65 73 70 71; R McEvoy (Eng) 67 72 64 70 73 73; M Nixon (Eng) 68 72 67 68 70 74; A Snobeck (Fra) 69 67 68 69 72 74; M Korhonen (Fin) 74 62 66 71 70 76;

420 M Delpodio (Ita) 67 69 65 79 69 71; B Ã…kesson (Swe) 70 72 66 67 70 75;

421 C Lloyd (Eng) 73 69 68 75 69 67; M Jonzon (Swe) 74 69 66 70 73 69; D Higgins (Irl) 73 64 68 74 72 70; M Madsen (Den) 78 66 64 70 70 73;

422 C Macaulay (Sco) 71 71 66 74 69 71; S Little (Eng) 70 68 67 77 69 71; O Floren (Swe) 71 66 70 72 71 72; J Lagergren (Swe) 71 66 67 70 74 74