Twenty-eight players obtained the ‘card’ for the DP World Tour 2023 in the final of the Qualifying School, played in Tarragona in Spain over the distance of 108 holes, where the Swede won with 399 (66 69 65 65 66 68, -29) Simon Forsstrom.
QS DP World Tour, Simon Forsstrom
One stroke too many did not allow Renato Paratore, 29th with 412 (70 69 67 68 74 64, -16), to enter among the qualifiers and Lorenzo Scalise was also out, 35th with 414 (72 67 69 67 66 73, -14). Paratore made an excellent final lap in 64 (-7, an eagle, six birdies, a bogey) strokes, second score of the day, but was unable to fully recover, perhaps overpaying 74 (+3) of the fifth round . Scalise remained in the running until the last five holes, where he left four decisive strokes (two bogeys, one double bogey), after four birdies and two bogeys on the first 13 (73, +2).
The tournament took place on the two Infinitum Golf courses (Lakes Course par 71 and Hills Course par 72) with 156 competitors who alternated for 72 holes on both courses and then concluded the other 36 at the Lakes Course. Forsstrom, 33 years old from Bromma with a title on the Challenge Tour (KPMG Trophy, 2016), always kept the pace high with scores between 65 and 69 and left the Frenchman David Ravetto (401, -27) in two blows. In third place with 402 (-26) the English Daniel Brown, in fourth with 403 (-25) the Thai Kiradech Aphibarnrat and in fifth with 404 (-24) the Spanish Alejandro Del Rey, who with a 63 (-8) signed the lowest set of the round.
Twenty-eight players who will play full-time on the major circuit next year will include Portuguese Pedro Figueiredo, France’s Joel Stalter and Mike Lorenzo-Vera, Germany’s Marcel Siem and England’s David Horsey. The other players who have passed the cut after 72 holes will receive the ‘card’ for the Challenge Tour. Out after four rounds Francesco Laporta, 85th with 283 (-3), Stefano Mazzoli and Aron Zemmer, 114.i with 288 (+ 2), and Andrea Pavan, 137th with 292 (+6).
Karl Simon Forsström is a Swedish professional golfer. Forsström played in the European Tour Qualifying School 2008-16, advancing to the second round in 2009. He won once and finished second in the 2015 Nordic Golf League.