A birdie at the 18th hole in the Final Stage of the Qualifying School in Spain was enough to secure Gavin Moynihan his European Tour card for next season.

The 23-year-old Dubliner needed to finish in the top-25 at Lumine Golf Club’s Lakes Course to earn his spot in next season's tour, and teed off at the final hole knowing only a birdie would suffice.

A superb four-iron approach into the par-five hole ensured Moynihan had two putts to claim his card and he made no mistake in a nerve jangling dramatic finish.

The top-25 finish secured Moynihan a 'Category 17' tour card for 2018. He was in Category 18 owing to his 19th place finish on the Challenge Tour, but will now pick up more tournamnets, as will be able to use his Challenge Tour eligibilty to fill in the gaps.

"If it was the second round, ninth hole of the tournament, it’s an easy shot," he told RTÉ Sport. "I hit it, a high draw into the left, right wind. It was 219 yards and I hit it to within 20 feet from the edge of the green.

"It’s one of the better shots I hit so I was really, really happy."

Birdies in three of the first four holes was a perfect start, but bogeys at the 12th and 15th had him anxiously looking at the leaderboard.

"I thought I had missed out," he admitted initially, but Sweden’s Christofer Blomstrand missed a 25-foot birdie putt on the 18th allowing Moynihan to squeeze in.

Having had no status on any tour 11 months ago, Moynihan has impressed on the Challenge Tour and is eagerly looking forward to next season already.

"I’d imagine this will give me maybe seven or eight more, on top of maybe a few invites as well, maybe one or two of the bigger ones."

Derry’s Ruaidhrí McGee finished seven shots outside the qualifying places on six-under-par after a closing 70 but crucially made the cut in Tarragona and will have a strong Challenge Tour card for next year.