Making the Grade: 2010 Q-School Graduates
By Stephanie Wei under General

Apologies for the slight interruption in the Tiger Woods coverage, but surprisingly there’s other drama-filled news besides the latest steamy (alleged) details of Tiger’s sex life.

After six grueling and stress-ridden rounds of the final stage of PGA Tour Q-school, 25 players have earned their 2010 cards — ranging from first-timers to old-school veterans. Troy Merritt, who has never played in a PGA Tour event, took home medalist honors and $50,000. The 20-year-old wholesome but “edgy” Wonder Boy Rickie Fowler secured his card comfortably and relatively stress-free, finishing T15th. (Phew!) Veteran Joe Ogilvie also placed T15th and described the experience as “humbling” and professed it would have made “one hell of a [Shakespearean] tragedy.”

Here’s a compilation of quotes from the qualifiers after the fact. And get to know them a little better and take a look at their bios.

On the ladies’ side, Amanda Blumenherst, the 2008 U.S. Amateur Champion, closed with a bogey-free 4-under 68 to medal. Others who passed the test include Julieta Grenada, who won the $1 million prize at the ADT Championship during her rookie year, and Americans (quite a few of them!) Katie Kempter, Nicole Hage, Liz Janangelo and Leah Wigger.

Only one Korean, Il Hee Lee, finished in the top-20. Why didn’t Koreans dominate the leaderboard as they did during regular season events? Probably just that — most didn’t have to return to Q-school.

Congratulations to all! And now, back to your regularly scheduled Tiger Woods programming.

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