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Parry leads Euro qualifiers but Wilson misses out

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Englishman John Parry won Final Qualifying on Friday to lead a group of 28 players who came through the rigorous tournament to secure their European Tour playing privileges for 2013.

Parry started the day with a significant advantage over the rest of the field and was never seriously threatened at PGA Catalunya, eventually carding a final round 70 to finish at 19-under-par - four clear of Sweden's Mikael Lundberg.

Ex-Great Britain and Northern Ireland Walker Cup star Andy Sullivan, former European Tour winner Tano Goya and German amateur Moritz Lampert were among a number of others to comfortably finish inside the required top 25 - along with Englishmen Matthew Southgate, Richard McEvoy and Matthew Nixon.

Around the all-important cut-off mark, which finished at five-under having stayed there for almost the entire day, there were the familiar stories of heartbreak and elation. Scotland's George Murray was unfortunate enough to experience the former - missing a two-foot putt at the 18th to double-bogey the hole and ultimately finish on four-under for the tournament.

Murray's compatriot, Callum Macaulay, was left at the opposite end of the spectrum after his dream finish - holing long range putts on 17 and 18 to finish on six-under for the tournament and secure his playing rights for next season.

Although 28 players were celebrating in Girona after the conclusion of play, a number of others were left to consider their Plan Bs after missing out.

Former Ryder Cup player Oliver Wilson has much to ponder after finishing two shots adrift of where he needed to be at three-under, while the likes of Seve Benson, Alastair Forsyth and Markus Brier also missed out.

The English duo of David Dixon and Sam Hutsby - who finished first and second in this event 12 months ago - also finished outside the qualifying places, perhaps a timely remainder for those celebrating this week that it is no guarantee of success on the European Tour next season.

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