PGA Tour Q-School Day 6: Congrats, Graduates!
By Stephanie Wei under PGA Tour

Post-round hug!

108 holes later, there were 29 happy guys awarded PGA Tour cards. Like I mentioned earlier, the cut-off was 9-under for the group. There were 26 players that were 10-under, but two of those guys, Michael Putnam and Justin Hicks, had already earned their cards by finishing in the top-25 on the Nationwide Tour money list, so they didn’t count towards the total of 25. Thanks to Putnam and Hicks the cut moved to 9-under and allowed three extra players, Scott Gordon, Billy Horschel and Will Stricker, to collect their 2011 cards. Here’s the full list (total career starts):

Billy Mayfair (673 career starts/5 wins)

William McGirt (2)

Ben Martin (3)

Cameron Tringale (22)

Jarrod Lyle (65)

Bio Kim (0)

Michael Putnam (36)

Brandt Jobe (266)

Zack Miller (1)

Kyle Stanley (12)

Paul Stankowski (354/2 wins)

Chris Baryla (13)

Scott Stallings (0)

Nate Smith (0)

Gary Woodland (26)

Joseph Bramlett (2)

Michael Thompson (4)

Kent Jones (323)

Matt McQuillan (0)

Sunghoon Kang (0)

James Driscoll (139)

Andres Gonzales (3)

Alex Rocha (0)

Jim Renner (1)

Justin Hicks (3)

Richard S. Johnson (212)

Will Strickler (0)


*Mayfair, a five-time winner on the PGA Tour, claimed Q-school medalist honors at Q-school. He shot a two-under 70 on Monday to finish at 18-under, one shot better than Ben Martin and William McGirt. Mayfair was making his second trip to Q-school and his first since 1988.

*The same story is going to be written about Joseph Bramlett all year. Bramlett earned a historic PGA Tour card, becoming only the second golfer of black heritage currently on tour. The other is Tiger Woods. Bramlett finished at 11-under. Woods wrote on Twitter, “Congrats to Joe Bramlett for making it through Q School.” And then tweeted another thought, “Amazing feat considering he sat out a whole year with wrist injury. Can’t wait to play with him next season.”

*Nate Smith, who had fully exempt status on the Nationwide Tour, achieved his ultimate goal. When I congratulated him and reminded him of what he said last Tuesday, he replied, “That was so long ago, it seems like that was last year!”

“I’m relieved that this day is over because it’s been the longest day of my life, but I guess as you get better, the days get longer — not easier, though. I’m just glad I didn’t mess up and it’s over.

“I knew what I wanted, I knew how I’d prepared, I know what I had to do, but I didn’t know how it would turn out. My nervousness came out of not knowing what was going to happen. Being able to perform well and manage my emotions under pressure was really satisfying.

“I just really wanted to get the ball in the hole.

Nate said he kept his mind from wandering by constantly chatting with his caddie about random things — like football and girls.

“I’m just happy to see all my friends made it. You work so hard and you do it with them. Golf can be a lonely sport sometimes and it’s better when you’ve gotten there together. To share the success with people you’ve been grinding with makes (getting my card) even sweeter.”


It was absolutely amazing to watch my good friends that I grew up playing junior golf with succeed — Andres Gonzales and Putty. Hooray. And it was cool some of their friends were successful (like the ones that they told me to talk to — good call on who was playing well, guys!).  I’m looking forward to covering all the grads next year!

Congrats, guys! See some of you for beers post-PGA Tour orientation.