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Bossert and Knight head back to school

Bossert last won a card at the European qualifying school in 1992 Keystone Archive

Swiss golfers André Bossert and Marcus Knight will both be fighting for European Tour cards this week as the Tour's qualifying school gets underway in Spain.

The two Swiss pros will be among a starting field of some 190 golfers all chasing cards for next season, with only players in the top 35 (and ties) guaranteed a place on Europe’s top circuit.

The qualifying school is arguably the toughest event of the year for those on the fringes of the big time, with ageing pros fighting to prolong their career alongside dozens of hungry, talented youngsters.

Late Knight

Knight managed to grab a late starting place at the qualifying school after finishing 23rd at the pre-qualifying tournament on the Spanish course of Pals. The English-born golfer will be hoping to make it third time lucky this week, after failing to win a card in both 1994 (through injury) and 1999 (when he missed the cut).

Bossert is one of only three Swiss golfers ever to qualify for the Tour via the school, earning his first European card in 1992. Steve Rey (1992) and Paolo Quirici (1994) were the other two card winners.

This year’s school begins on Wednesday with the golfers, divided into two groups, contesting four rounds on the courses of Sotogrande and San Roque. The top 80 then go through to an extra two rounds played on Sunday and Monday in San Roque.

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