Five years ago, Álvaro Quíros won the DP World Tour Championship. This year, during the same week as the season finale of the European Tour, he is competing in the Qualifying School at PGA Catalunya.

“Fortunes in golf don’t really change that quick, for good or for bad,” he said on the eve of the tournament. “I’ve been playing terribly for four years now, and unfortunately this is the first year I’ve really played so badly not to keep my card. From good to bad is a process and from bad to good is a process too, so the DP World is not even close to my mind – to be honest, the tournaments I don’t play I don’t even check the leaderboards.”

The six-time Tour winner is in good company. The strongest field ever assembled for the Tour’s qualifying ordeal includes 35 other champions, nine former winners of the final stage and the first major champion in its history, Y.E. Yang.