There are many who say that qualifying school is the ultimate test for any golfer.
A gruelling battle from start to finish, it can break the spirit of many a player, while launching a select few to the top.
While Mikko Korhonen celebrates his status as the first Finnish winner in the history of the European Tour Qualifying School Final Stage and 26 other golfers revel in their achievements, South Africa’s Louis de Jager will among those who have come away from the six round marathon at the PGA Catalynya Resort empty-handed.
The three-time Sunshine Tour winner rallied with rounds of 73, 68, 69 and 73 and made the cut into the final two rounds, but rounds of 74 and 71 at the Stadium course saw him finish 62nd.
His total of even-par 428 was seven shots too many, but at the end of the gruelling six-day examination, De Jager can certainly take away a lot more than the €750 consolation prize.
Q-School is one of the toughest hurdles to cross – just ask the Fin, who won on his fourth trip, having earned his card on each of his previous visits.
Over six rounds, he held his own under incredible pressure and the experience will come into play for the Pretoria golfer with the golfing summer in South Africa just about to start.
Compatriot Justin Walters, who shot a 62 at the Tour course to make the 72-hole cut, shot 72 and 69 over the last two rounds to miss the cut by two.