I'm lucky enough to have played this week's host layout, the Stadium Course at PGA Catalunya, but don't fret - I'm not about to bore you with the details.
I'll just tell you this: off the back of that experience I've learned that professional golfers rate the test because if it beats them up, it does so for the right reasons. Mention you've played it and they appreciatively discuss the tee to green examination.
I have also visited PGA Catalunya when it was the host of Qualifying School.
Just the once, mind.
It's all I could stomach.
When I ventured there to play in (coincidentally) April it was colourful and bright; when I was there in November during the card-chase the skies were grey, the trees were enveloped in mist and the distant mountains had snow on them. It felt, rather suitably, a little bit like a haunted forest.
At a normal event players and caddies accumulate in groups, wisecracking and laughing a bit-too-loudly before tee times; at Q School there was nothing but a brittle silence.
If I ventured out onto the course I often watched from behind trees and pondered, not for the first time, how the sport sometimes makes me feel like some sort of voyeur, taking pleasure from someone else's torture.
Watching the tense action I had my ear bent by a father's nervy, non-stop monologue; walked with a player's girlfriend who crossed her fingers ahead of every shot; and shared nods with caddies whose more common banter was suddenly stuck in their throats.
I watched George Murray miss a tiddler on the final green of his sixth round. He thought he'd lost all hope of a card (he hadn't) and rushed the next tiddler. He missed that as well and it was the one which cost him his prize.
I decided then and there that Q School wasn't for me, that I'm not hard enough for it. George, by the way, now sells fish and had his amateur status restored earlier this year.
A cheery start to this week's column then! The good news is that the venue has been revived in recent years and now offers wellness in addition to golf. Not entirely sure that having feet pampered will ease the pressure of a missed tiddler, but you never know.
Back when Catalunya was the host of that Final Stage of Q School, Finland's Mikko Korhonen developed a very handy knack for negotiating the two courses and the Stadium layout in particular.
In 2010 he spent the last three rounds in the top four before finishing third and two years later he spent rounds two to five in the same position before ending the week in a tie for ninth.
He was back a year later and got a card yet again, was T15th in the Open de Espana a few months later, and then won 2014 Q School, when spending each of the last four rounds in the top four.
That's a lot of good golf at the resort, plenty of it on the Stadium Course, and he returns this week with his form brewing nicely.
He finished T10th at the Steyn City Championship, was T15th after round one in the Qatar Masters before slipping back to T67th, and then T15th last week in the ISPS Handa Championship in Spain.
His long game stats are back towards his base levels and what tends to separate his good weeks from his solid ones is a hot putter that takes advantage of his tee to green consistency.
At the course, we only have the Open de Espana to go (stats wise), but he did fly high in the traditional putting stats that year. He also putted strongly just three starts ago.
Frenchman Victor Perez has, to some extent, been a victim of the speed of his ascent in the game.
It's a common problem, one that Thomas Pieters, Andrew Johnston, Tom Lewis and Lucas Bjerregaard have also encountered in recent years.
They thrive on the DP World Tour, they maintain that form in majors and/or the World Golf Championship, it provides PGA Tour opportunities and suddenly they find themselves like a man with one foot on dry land and another on a dinghy, without quite committing either way.
Perez went from not being qualified to play at Wentworth in 2019 to finishing second there a year later. In-between he won the Dunhill Links then relished playing at a higher level and that feeling peaked with a semi-final appearance in the WGC Dell Match Play in 2021.
Then the shore/dinghy problem really hit. The gap grew, his balance wobbled, he got wet.
But he moved through the field all last week into tied eighth and a return to his best golf would be a really good fit for this test.
Final pick is a second Frenchman, Romain Langasque, and one who is playing lots of excellent golf in 2022.
He opened with a pair of top 20s in the lucrative part of the Desert Swing (Dubai and Abu Dhabi) before sloppy starts in Ras al Khaimah (73 and 76) couldn't be repaired by second rounds of 69 and 66.
After sitting T90th after the first lap of the South African fortnight in March he caught fire, ending the first week in a tie for ninth and he was tied eight seven days later.
He was in the top five through 36 holes in Qatar before it all caught up with him a little and he drifted to T21st.
He had another poor opener last week (77) but rebounded with a 65 and his price has become very tempting.
Like Perez, his strong tee to green game suits the test and, for what it's worth, winners at Celtic Manor (where his first victory came in 2020) do have a decent record at this week's course.
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