Tag Archives: Q-School Deathwatch

Dec
3
2012
By Stephanie Wei under PGA Tour

The Dong earns medalist honors

Today was the last round of the last ever Q-school under the system that was in place since 1965. Longtime readers know I’m a Q-school romantic and I love the incredible stories and range of emotions, along with the drama, and I’m not alone. I’ve done my best over the past few weeks to describe the atmosphere.

To be honest, second stage was much more excruciating — probably because there wasn’t any live-scoring but in general the vibe was much more intense. Getting through second is usually the hardest part for the guys who have never made it to finals, along with the mini-tour journeymen, not to mention the veterans who had a terrible season.

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Nov
16
2012

Tensions and emotions ran high on Friday in the final round at Plantation Preserve Golf Course & Club in Plantation, Florida (near Fort Lauderdale), one of the six sites around the country holding the second stage of the PGA Tour qualifying tournament, known fondly as “Q-school.”

There’s always an enormous amount of pressure for players trying to advance to finals, but this year there seems to be even more than usual. Why? The reply was simple: “It’s the last year” or “It’s the last chance.” (Or as I like to call it: “Q-school deathwatch.”)

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Sep
18
2012

Q-school grad Harris English receiving his 2012 PGA Tour card

I’ve gotta catch a flight to Atlanta for the Tour Championship (PLAYOFF FEVER!), so this is going to be quick (sorry I feel like I’ve been more on the run than usual these days, which seems strange since I’ve been home). The PGA Tour announced details — and lots of them; in fact almost all — for the tournaments, sites and dates for three of the events in 2013 that will comprise the newly-contrived Web.com Tour Finals, which will decide the 50 players who earn Tour “playing privileges” for the 2013-14 season and their “eligibility positions” under the Tour’s “enhanced qualifying system.”

That’s a nice way of saying: It’s been real, but see you later, Q-school. RIP. (I might cry at the end of the last one ever in December.)

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Jul
10
2012

Nationwide Tour Q-School new system

 With the impending death in 2013 of the current avenues to qualify for the PGA Tour – 1) the top-25 finishers on the Nationwide Web.com Tour money list and 2) the top-25 finishers at Q-School — details on the new system were yet to be spelled out, which created quite a few concerns.

I don’t think I have to tell you this was a big deal since it impacts their job for at least the following season, and it can completely change the life of a player. For example, the two rookie winners so far in the 2012 season: Ted Potter Jr. who graduated from the Web.com Tour last year by finishing second on the money list and John Huh who came out of nowhere and got through all three stages of Q-school to earn his card on the number.

Well, finally, the Tour has given us some answers. Without further ado, here’s the media blast:

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Jun
27
2012
By Stephanie Wei under Nationwide Tour

Meh-heh-heh

Here we go. The PGA Tour has found a new umbrella sponsor for its developmental tour: Web.com — which, effective immediately, will replace the Nationwide Tour as the title sponsor. Yes, that means you will now call it the Web.com Tour.

All parties insist the Q-school format change had nothing to do with inking the deal. So then, let’s just keep the status quo, right?

Check out the company’s homepage (kinda weird, no?)…and here’s the media blast:

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Jun
26
2012
By Stephanie Wei under Fall Series

Wooooot! We're legit!

Starting in 2013 the Fall Series events will become legitimate PGA Tour tournaments. The Tour policy board has voted to award full FedExCup points to the events following the season-ending Tour Championship. Now the change comes as part of the decision to modify the Tour’s schedule (along with the Q-school format). Instead of following a calendar-year format, the plan is to kick off the 2013-2014 season with the fall tournaments.

Via the Tour’s media blast

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Mar
20
2012

Details? Well, we're still working those out...

 

Folks, it’s a sad, sad day. We knew it was coming, but it was still impossible to prepare for today’s announcement. The Q-School deathwatch is over. PGA Tour Commissioner Tim Finchem officially pronounced it dead at approximately 1:30pm on Tuesday, while speaking to the press at Bay Hill. He discussed the “restructuring of the Qualifying System for the PGA Tour via the Nationwide Tour,” and changing the schedule from the calendar year to a fiscal year. Recommended reading: My post in January breaking down the new system (in English).

Here’s the media blast, followed by excerpts from Finchem’s (long, rambling) presser:

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Feb
27
2012
By Stephanie Wei under PGA Tour

Johnny Question Mark

Congrats to Q-school grad John Huh on capturing his first PGA Tour victory in his fifth career start at the Mayakoba Golf Classic. The 21-year-old fired an impressive bogey-free 63 on Sunday to force a playoff against Robert Allenby (who doubled the 18th hole in regulation). Eight extra holes later, the rookie won with a par.

What a Huhnderella story! (*groan*) — be sure to check out Jill Painter’s article on John’s inspiring journey to the Tour.

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Jan
25
2012

Huh? Say what?

 

It’s that time again — the mandatory PGA Tour player’s meeting at Torrey Pines, where Commissioner Tim Finchem delivers his annual “State of the Tour” address (how fitting President Obama delivered the SOTU on the same night this year). I confess I’m a huge geek and for the last three years, I’ve gotten super revved up to find out the scoop on the inner-goings of these bureaucratic time-suckers. This is about as “Inside Golf” as you can get, but I dig it.

Usually, when I bring it up to a player, they shrug, roll their eyes and mutter something about how boring it is and it’s always the same ol’ stuff. But this year, there was much more buzz than usual.  I actually got responses from guys, saying, “It should be interesting” and “I’ll be there for the fireworks.”

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