Tag Archives: PGA Tour Q-School

Apr
28
2013
Billy Ho

Billy Ho celebrating

Everyone on Tour knew it was only a matter of time before Billy Horschel secured his first PGA Tour victory. Horschel was playing too well. He was swinging too pure. He had made a Tour-leading 23 consecutive cuts. He had finished in the top-10 in his previous three starts — runner-up at the Shell Houston Open, T3 at the Texas Valero Open, and T9 at the RBC Heritage. He was simply due.

Despite two rain delays on Sunday at TPC Louisiana, including one that lasted almost an hour after the 26-year-old from Florida had hit his drive, Horschel kept his nerve and holed a birdie putt from 26 feet to clinch the victory at the Zurich Classic.

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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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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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Jan
5
2012
By Stephanie Wei under Awards

Thanks for believing in me! I love you, man!

As 2011 has ended and the 2012 season officially starts tomorrow, we’re (still) taking an obligatory look at the winners and losers of 2011. First, we reviewed the best shots. Then, we cringed through the greatest meltdowns. We also checked out some players who were considered overachievers. Next, we took a gander at those who had the most disappointing seasons, along with the most notable Tiger moments.

To cap off a look back at an incredible 2011, we’ll go through some of the best feel-good stories — which is my personal favorite because believe it or not, I’m a huge sucker for sap (I just don’t like to admit to it usually). Here we go in no particular order…

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Dec
7
2011

Brendon Todd won his card the old-fashioned way.

The powers that be are putting the finishing touches to the system they hope will make qualification for the PGA Tour that little bit fairer. Cynics– Lord knows there aren’t any in these parts– will probably brand it a needlessly convoluted attempt to win over late-season television audiences, but as a famous Irish saying proverb would have it, c’est la vie.

Doug Ferguson, of writing for the AP infamy, has the deets:

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Oct
17
2011
By Stephanie Wei under General

Cauley has Tour card well in hand

21-year-old Bud Cauley has probably secured his PGA Tour card for 2012 and saved himself a trip to Q-School. Cauley became a Special Temporary Member last week and placed T15 at The McGladrey Classic to boost his earnings to $735,150 — which would make him equivalent to No. 112 on the Tour money list.

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Oct
14
2011

Canadian upstart Adam Hadwin, aka Vinny Chase, doesn't have an entourage...yet.

On Wednesday evening I chatted with Canadian Tour player Adam Hadwin, who is trying to earn his PGA Tour card and playing in this week’s McGladrey Classic in Sea Island, Georgia.

Just for some background — Hadwin is in a unique position to potentially bypass PGA Tour Q-School (similar to Bud Cauley’s situation, but Hadwin has had fewer starts so he has a little more work cut out for him). The 23-year-old Canadian has made four cuts in four starts on Tour in 2011, including two top 10s — T4 at the RBC Canadian Open and T7 at last week’s Frys.com Open, which gained him a spot in the McGladrey (by finishing in the top ten, a player automatically gets a spot in the next event).

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Oct
10
2011
By Stephanie Wei under Fall Series

Pffftttt...Q-school, what?!?

Although Briny Baird and Bryce Molder battling it out for their first PGA Tour victory in a six-hole playoff was mildly entertaining, I walked away from the Frys.com Open the most impressed with 21-year-old Bud Cauley. Playing on a sponsor exemption this week, Cauley shot four rounds in the 60s to place solo third, his best finish in seven Tour starts.

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Mar
23
2011
By Stephanie Wei under PGA Tour

The PGA Tour is pondering a change to the end of the season where the players that don’t finish in the top-125 and to make the FedEx Cup playoffs would vie for their cards in a series of tournaments against the top Nationwide Tour players, according to the AP.

The other revision on the table is only granting Nationwide Tour spots for golfers trying to fulfill their dreams in Q-school. Under this proposed system, Rickie Fowler, who got his tour card via Q-school and then earned a spot on the Ryder Cup team, would have earned a spot on the Nationwide Tour last year instead.

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Jan
14
2011

PGA Tour Q-school grad Andres Gonzales just wants to play golf

PGA Tour rookie Andres Gonzales is ready to tee it up in the bigs, but first, he needs to get into a tournament for a shot. Playing primarily on the Canadian Tour the past few seasons, Andres placed T22 at Q-school in December, but his “number” wasn’t good enough to earn him a spot in the Sony Open.

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