Kruyswijk a step closer to regaining playing rights in Europe

Nov 14, 2023 | Featured, South Africans abroad

Jacques Kruyswijk took a significant step towards regaining his DP World Tour playing privileges on Tuesday when he carded a fifth-round five-under-par 66 in the Final Stage Qualifying School on the Lakes Course at Infinitum Golf in Tarragona, Spain.

With the top 25 and ties earning cards, Kruyswijk made an eagle, four birdies and a bogey and moved to a total of 16-under-par ahead of the final round of the 108-hole marathon. That put him in a share of 11th, seven strokes behind the leader. In front was Sebastian Friedrichsen of Denmark on 23-under-par, with Filippo Celli of Italy on 22-under and Germany’s Freddy Schott on 21-under-par in third.

Also lining himself up for a chance at winning his DP World Tour card for the 2024 season was Pieter Moolman, in a share of 11th with Kruyswijk, after his fifth round of one-under-par 70.

Veteran Darren Fichardt is right on the cusp of regaining his card too, lying in a share of 24th on 12-under-par. He’ll want a strong final round to make things a little less breathless.

Former Cape Town Open champion, Rhys Enoch of Wales (by way of Potchefstroom), was on 14-under in a share of 16th after he carded a four-under-par 67 in the fifth round.

Another Cape Town Open winner, Benjamin Follett-Smith of Zimbabwe, who has won that Sunshine Tour title twice, was in a share of 39th after a three-over-par 74 in the fifth round.

Deon Germishuys and JJ Senekal have something of a mountain to climb in the final round from a share of 52nd on eight-under-par, while it’s probably impossible for Thomas Aiken and Albert Venter to get inside the top 25 from 74th and 77th respectively.

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