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Charlie Beljan's Cinderella story started when he earned his card at Q-school finals in 2011

As longtime WUP readers know, Q-school is my favorite tournament to cover all season. (Heck, I even went to second stage this year!–talk about the nerve-wracking atmosphere I’ve ever experienced.) Rather than going to Tiger Woods’ member-guest 22-man invite-only World Challenge in the L.A. area, I drove about three hours east to the desert, more specifically PGA West in La Quinta, for what I consider the most intriguing event of the year. Especially since 2012 is the LAST Q-SCHOOL EVER (as we know it — there will no longer be a direct pathway to the PGA Tour).

Let’s take a moment of silence to celebrate and remember 45 years of the only professional sporting event where you can start at Q-school pre-qualifying with no status and then play up to four different stages (full tournaments with strong fields) in the grueling process, which ends with the six-round finals, to earn full status on the PGA Tour for the following season. Ain’t that great?

Everybody loves a “Rudy” and Cinderella story.

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By Conor Nagle under European PGA Tour

Martin Kaymer playing an approach to Abu Dhabi's eighteenth green

Play is under way at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship (quite the mouthful, that) and who should sit atop the leaderboard but OCD-sufferer and fan of CSI Padraig Harrington! A round of seven-under (65) sees the three-time major winner one shot clear of promising Swede Alex Noren and two of playing partner Martin Kaymer. World Number One Lee Westwood carded a relatively modest 69.

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