Tag Archives: Rafael Cabrera-Bello

Nov
28
2012

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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Feb
10
2012
By Conor Nagle under European PGA Tour

Obligatory panoramic shot: McIlroy in action during Tuesday's practice round.

Continuing a spectacular run of form that has seen the 22-year-old fail to collect a top-five finish in only one of the seven European Tour events he’s entered since last season’s USPGA Championship, world number two Rory McIlroy fired a flawless seven-under-par 65 this morning to claim a share of the lead at the halfway stage of the Omega Dubai Desert Classic.

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Feb
9
2012
By Conor Nagle under European PGA Tour

Rafa Cabrera-Bello on Emirates' eighth tee.

With the dust storms of Qatar but a distant and unpleasant memory, the cream of the European Tour descended on a defenceless Emirates Golf Club this morning for the first round of the Omega Dubai Desert Classic.

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