From Brian Keogh at San Roque
Stablemates Stephen Browne and Colm Moriarty will be inseparable at San Roque after squeezing into the last two rounds of the European Tour Qualifying School Finals on the limit.
The pair are sharing a house on the course and they will see plenty more of each other after being drawn together for the fifth round of the 108-hole marathon on the Cadiz coast today.
Dubliner Browne fired five mid-round birdies in the space of six holes en route to a second successive two under par 70 to make the 72-hole cut for the top 70 and ties on one-over par.
But it was a struggle for Glasson professional Moriarty, who slipped from 19th place to tied 60th with Browne after dropping three shots in his last four holes in a three over par 75 on the Old Course.
South African Thomas Aiken (68) and Spain's Pablo Larrazabal (70) lead by two shots from Welshman Sion Bebb on 10 under par with the top 30 and ties after six rounds earning cards.
Moriarty and Browne will begin the day are three shots outside the card positions but hope to inspire each other and get in position for a final round charge on the New Course tomorrow.
“Hopefully we can pull each other along,” said Browne, who was tied for 120th after two rounds. “We played together in the Irish Open at Carton House two years ago and we both did well. There’ll be a bit of banter too.
“The pressure is mounting but this is what you play golf for. You want to be under pressure because it means you are playing well.
“Hopefully I can get myself right in the mix and feel the squeeze. I hate playing when there is nothing on the line. I love when you have to perform.”
Damian Mooney made a move with three birdies in his first eight holes but double bogeyed the 10th and bogeyed the 11th for a 72 to miss the cut by six shots on seven over par.
Peter O'Keeffe (75) and Michael McGeady (77) finished tied 150th and 154th in the 156-man field.
But England’s Lee Slattery, who missed his card by just €77 this season, carded an eight under par 64 to move into a seven way tie for fourth on seven under par as former Ryder Cup players Andrew Coltart and Joakim Haeggman missed the cut.