Dunne makes Q-School after playoff; Casey tops; Hume's playoff agony after 63

Paul Dunne. Copyright USGA/Chris Keane

ADVANCE - Jack Hume closed with a nine under 63 but missed out in a playoff as Paul Dunne came through at the sixth extra hole and Brian Casey topped his qualifier to come through the Second Stage of the European Tour Qualifying School.

Casey and Dunne now join Damien McGrane, Peter Lawrie, Kevin Phelan, Simon Thornton and Ruaidhri McGee at the Final Stage, which tees off at PGA Catalunya Resort in Girona on Saturday with the top 25 and ties after six rounds winning full cards.

With 18 places at the Final Stage on offer at each of the four Second Stage venues, Dunne closed with a four under 67 at Lumine Golf and Beach Club in Tarragona and after a long wait, eventually made a six-man playoff for the last two spots there on 10 under par.

He'd birdied the par-five 18th just to make the playoff, holing a four and a half footer for his four. 

After Victor Riu took the first spot, Dunne dodged several bullet before eventually edging out South African Jaco Ahlers for the final spot with a two-putt birdie four at the sixth extra hole. 

Hume shot a nine under 63 to make a six man playoff for the 18th and last spot at Panorámica Golf and Sport Resort in Castellón on 11 under par. But he lost out at at the second extra hole at a  venue where Casey brilliantly topped the qualifiers, closing with a 67 to share first place on 24 under par.

Warrenpoint's Colm Campbell (69) tied for 44th, six shots outside the mark on five under while Jonny Caldwell withdrew before the start as we as four over through 54 holes.

There was no luck for Hume and Dunne's fellow Irishmen and Walker Cup team mates Gavin Moynihan or Gary Hurley.

Hurley missed out of a playoff spot by three shots at Lumine, closing with a level par 71 to finish on seven under with Alan Dunbar a shot further back after a 69.

Walker Cup star Jimmy Mullen topped the qualifiers by four shots on 16 under at El Saler where Moynihan, undone by an 80 on Sunday, finished on eight over after a closing 75.

Mick McGeady (80) tied for 56th on 10 over at a venue where Chris Selfridge was forced to withdraw with a wrist injury on Sunday morning when running fifth.

Germany's Phillipp Mejow topped the qualifiers at Las Colinas Golf and Country Club in Alicante by four shots on 17 under par.

The qualifying mark fell at six under par with Headfort's Rory McNamara 11 shots outside on five over while Richard Kilpatrick was 10 over and withdrew before the start.