Welsh quartet struggle in Spain

Welsh quartet struggle in Spain

Welsh quartet struggle in Spain

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GWENT pair Bradley Dredge and Liam Bond are unlikely to be European Tour players next season with both struggling badly to make the cut at Tour Qualifying School in Spain.

Qualifying for the 2013 season is now at the halfway point at the PGA Catalunya Resort in Girona with three of the six rounds in the books.

Blackwood’s Bradley Dredge, a two-time tour winner and 13-years a fixture on tour, shot a levelpar round of 72 yesterday, putting him at three over for the tournament.

That’s eight shots off the pace for a top 25 finish required to earn a card for next season, with the leader Estanislao Goya currently 16 strokes ahead of Dredge who isn’t in the best of health either.

“After missing the cut at the Hong Kong Open and losing my Tour card I have travelled to Spain to try to get it back through Q School,” Dredge said at the weekend.

“However, in Hong Kong I picked up a virus and I have arrived at the PGA de Catalunya resort feeling very weak and unable to play a practice round.

“I am hoping that medicines will start to kick in and while I may just try to hang on for the first two rounds I hope to be back at full strength for the end of the six round endurance test.”

However, Dredge will have to improve to get into the final two rounds, a cut after today’s round leaving only the top 70 of the 152 strong field to battle it out.

And if things are glum for Dredge they are even worse for Bond, the St Pierre professional who is chasing a return to the tour.

He’s been the star turn in qualifying thus far, but at five over par seems to have little chance of even making the cut, four strokes adrift of the current mark.

Also looking unlikely to find his way back onto Tour is Dredge’s former World Cup playing partner Stephen Dodd, the Barry golfer who at one over par for three rounds is right around the likely cut mark.

Dodd is looking to regain his tour card for the first time since 2011.

The only player from the Principality who looks to have at least a decent shout at qualifying is Rhys Davies.

The Bridgend golfer only missed out on retaining his card by a matter of £600 and at two under for the tournament, knows he still has every chance of achieving his aim, currently only three strokes behind those who are in the qualification berths.

“It’ll go the wire probably,” he commented.

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