Bristol’s Chris Wood was one of 32 players to escape Qualifying School with a much-coveted Tour Card.

The young Englishman, who burst onto the scene when he came fifth at the Open as an amateur in July, finished on 15-under.  

“I’ve worked really hard for this so I feel like I deserve everything I’ve achieved, but this does cap a pretty amazing year for me,” he said.

“I wouldn’t swap the Open for this or this for the Open – I would take both! At the time the Open was as good as golf can get, but knowing I have a full year on the Tour ahead of me is just as good.”

Six rounds were thrashed out at PGA Golf de Catalunya and the overall winner, Oskar Henningsson, scooped £15,000 as well as the all-important Tour Card.

The Swede finished on 21-under – four stokes clear – and was the first ever player to come through stages one and two of the qualifying school and go on to win the 108-hole final.

“To be the first guy to win coming through all three stages is a great achievement and it will give me a lot of confidence going into the new season,” said Henningsson.

The 32 players who qualified for the 2009 European Tour:

Oskar Henningsson (Sweden)
Carlos Del Moral (Spain)
Wade Ormsby (Australia)
Danny Willett (England)
Joakim Haeggman (Sweden)
Chris Wood (England)
Eirik Tage Johansen (Norway)
Michael Hoey (Northern Ireland)
Ake Nilsson (Sweden)
Bernd Wiesberger (Austria)
Gary Clark (England)
Andrew Coltart (Scotland)
Chinnarat Phadungsil (Thailand)
Anthony Snobeck (France)
Chris Doak (Scotland)
David Drysdale (Scotland)
Lorenzo Gagli (Italy)
Matthew Millar (Australia)
Fabrizio Zanotti (Paraguay)
Michael Curtain (Australia)
Callum MaCauley (Scotland)
Marco Ruiz (Paraguay)
Inder van Weerelt (Netherlands)
Marc Cayeux (Zimbabwe)
Branden Grace (South Africa)
Stuart Manley (Wales)
John Mellor (England)
Henrik Nystrom (Sweden)
Jonathan Caldwell (Northern Ireland)
Federico Colombo (Italy)
Alfredo Garcia-Heredia (Spain)
Santiago Luna (Spain)

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