Barron books his spot on DP World Tour - PGA of Australia

Barron books his spot on DP World Tour

West Australian Haydn Barron will debut as a DP World Tour player at next week’s Fortinet Australian PGA Championship after securing a 2024 Tour card at Final Stage of Qualifying School in Spain.

Tied for fifth entering the final round of the gruelling six-round test at Infinitum Golf, Barron began the last day with three straight birdies from the second hole to set sail for one of the 33 cards that would be distributed by day’s end.

His lone bogey of the day came at the par-4 11th, parring his way safely into the clubhouse for a round of 2-under 69, 20-under par total, tie for 10th and one spot on the DP World Tour in 2024.

Barron was exempt into Final Stage by virtue of his finish on the 2022/2023 Challenger PGA Tour of Australasia Order of Merit.

He played in this year’s Open Championship after finishing tied for fourth at the 2022 ISPS HANDA Australian Open and will now return home to start his rookie season on the DP World Tour at Royal Queensland Golf Club.

“Some of the toughest and most challenging golf I’ve ever played but we did it!” Barron said in a post to Instagram.

“Thank you to everyone who’s made this possible.”

Barron most recently finished tied for 25th at the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship at St Andrews and was then runner-up to Ben Eccles at the CKB WA PGA Championship after only arriving in Kalgoorlie on the morning of the tournament.

While it was jubilation for Barron, it was heartbreak for fellow West Australian Hayden Hopewell.

A round of 2-under 69 meant that Hopewell finished two shots shy of the top-25 and ties cut-off,  he and Connor McKinney securing Challenge Tour cards for next year by virtue of playing all six rounds.

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DP World Tour Q School

Final Stage
Infinitum Golf (Lakes & Hills Cses), Tarragona, Spain
1          Freddy Schott              68-63-75-66-64-65—401
T7        Sam Jones (NZ)             68-69-70-65-68-66—406
T10      Haydn Barron               67-72-70-64-66-69—408
T42      Hayden Hopewell        73-65-69-69-71-69—416
T63      Connor McKinney        71-69-71-70-66-74—421
T79      Justin Warren               78-68-65-71—282
T79      Elvis Smylie                  73-70-67-72—282
T98      Matias Sanchez            72-67-76-69—284
T128    James Marchesani        75-69-72-73—289
T135    Andre Lautee               73-71-72-75—291
WD      Blake Windred             70-70—140

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