Two-shot penalty costs Sharvin a full European Tour card
Ardglass golfer misses out by a gut-wrenching one shot at Qualifying School
Cormac Sharvin: finished one stroke outside the mark that rewarded the top 25 players and ties with a full European Tour card. Photograph: Paul Kane/Getty Images
Cormac Sharvin missed out on a full European Tour card by millimetres and that’s not a sporting euphemism for the fact that he was one stroke outside the mark that rewarded the top 25 players and ties for next season following the 108-hole marathon of Qualifying-School during the week.
An incident in the final round renders his story even more gut-wrenching as the 26-year-old Ardglass golfer inadvertently teed up millimetres in front of tee markers.
The European Tour confirmed that: “During his sixth and final round at Qualifying School final stage, Cormac Sharvin incurred a two-shot penalty on the seventh hole after it was discovered he teed off outside the teeing ground (and) as a result breaking Rule 11.4b.
“It was discovered immediately after he made the stroke. He was given a two-shot penalty and then replayed his tee shot. The stroke he made from outside the teeing ground did not count to his shot total. As a result he played his third to the green and held a putt for four.”
He actually put his tee shot into five feet, a remarkable achievement given the likely mental turmoil at the time, and holed the putt to boot. Compensation such as it is in the circumstances, is that he has a full card on the Challenge Tour for next season and may get a few starts on the European Tour in the early part of the season.
Rory McIlroy sympathised: “Naturally, I feel sorry for Cormac and hopefully, given he finished just one place outside of getting a full Tour card, he may still get enough starts in the New Year.”
Paul Dunne, whom Sharvin beat in an Irish Close final at Connemara golf club said: “Wow. I didn’t know why. I just assumed he hit it in a bush and got a two shot penalty. Wow that’s hard to take.
“I played with Cormac a few weeks ago; he’s playing great. Even with that category he’ll get a few starts here and there [on the European Tour] and have a full year on the Challenge Tour. His game is good enough so hopefully it will show on the big stage.”