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Oh no...not now...no, please...uh oh...no...wait...oh, crap.

Thirteen pre-qualifier tournaments, thirteen first-stage events and six second-stage events later, the pool of thousands of golfers hoping to re(earn) their place on the PGA Tour in 2012 has been dwindled down to 173 players, ranging from recent college grads, mini-tour grinders, journeymen, has-beens, major champs, former Tour winners, past Ryder Cup members and guys who had a tough season. All of whom will kick off the grueling six-round, 108-hole marathon at PGA West’s Nicklaus Tournament and Stadium courses this morning. At the finish line, the top 25 (and ties) will collect their cards.

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Welcome Back, Doug Barron!

Doug Barron, the first and only player suspended under the PGA Tour’s anti-doping policy, returned to competition on Tuesday at the second-stage of Q-school. He shot two-over 74 in the opening round. With all that he’s had to deal with the past year, it’s hard not to root for the 41-year-old journeyman, who was forced to take an exasperating diversion in the past year. At least in September, Barron finally was granted a therapeutic medical exemption for testosterone. And he’s just happy to put the nightmarish 10 months or so behind him.

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