The reigning Scottish PGA champion boosted his hopes of a return with a three-under 69 for a one-under 215. Doak lifted himself into a share of ninth, six shots behind Australian leader Wade Ormsby, with the leading 23 after today's closing round qualifying for this weekend's final.
Jack Doherty shares ninth at Costa Ballena after a two-under 70 gave him a six-under 209. Lloyd Saltman and John Gallagher also have a final place in their grasp after finishing with 210s. At Hacienda Del Alamo, Elliot Saltman came charging up into the a share of 13th with a five-under 67 for a six-under 210 to sit seven strokes behind frontrunner, Nico Bollini of the US.
Craig Lee, who played on the tour in 2008, fired a 69 but still lags four shots outside the qualifying places on 215 while former Scottish Boys' Strokeplay champion Shaun McAllister had a 70 for his 215 total.
Wallace Booth (218) and former Challenge Tour winners Andrew McArthur (221) and Eric Ramsay (222) are all facing the grim prospect of falling at the second hurdle.
Tartan Tour pro Graham Fox sits inside the qualifying spots at El Valle after a 72 left him in 17th on a two-under 211 behind Swiss pacesetter, Raphael De Sousa, who had a 68 for 202.
Carnoustie's Keir McNicoll slipped to a 73 for 218 and is six shots off the current mark but Callum Macaulay and Gavin Dear finished well down the field on a 221 and a 224.
In Japan, Andrew Oldcorn (69) and Sandy Lyle (70) finished in tie for fifth on 275, four shots behind winner Mashiro Kuramoto, in the Handa Cup Senior Masters.