Q-School: Broadaway following Boo’s path
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. – A quirky Southerner is playing well at the same Q-School site that introduced the golf world to Boo Weekley.
Josh Broadaway, who plays cross-handed, was tied for 15th at 7-under 209 through 54 holes of Q-School. Broadaway, who grew up in Albany, Ga., and went to Troy State in Alabama, is seeking his first PGA Tour card. He’s played the past four seasons on the Nationwide Tour.
“In the sense of Boo, I am like him. What you see is what you get,” Broadaway said. “I’m not quite as over-the-top redneck as Boo is, but I’m up there.”
Like Weekley, Broadaway enjoys hunting and fishing. Broadaway, a natural left-hander, started swinging with a cross-handed baseball grip because he couldn’t find any left-handed clubs when he started playing at age 5.
Broadaway first made the Q-School finals in 2002. “I was like a circus clown,” said Broadaway, who putts left-handed. “Everyone was walking down the range, giving me a look like, ‘What is he doing?’ ”
He and Weekley played mini-tours together and traveled together on the Nationwide Tour. Weekley earned his PGA Tour card at the 2001 Q-School at Bear Lakes, but finished 200th on the money list and played the next four seasons on the Nationwide Tour. He returned to the PGA Tour in '07, then won the Verizon Heritage in two consecutive seasons before starring in the '08 Ryder Cup.
Broadaway first earned Nationwide Tour status for the ’03 season, then spent the next two seasons on the Hooters Tour, where he finished second on the money list in 2005. He’s been on the Nationwide Tour since. He finished 36th on the money list in 2008, but lost his card by finishing 71st this season.
Weekley called to offer support after Broadaway missed five consecutive cuts this season.
“He said, ‘Just keep what you’re doing. You have the ability,’ ” Broadaway said. “It helps when you have guys that have been down the road that can call and cheer you up.”
Nothing would make him happier than joining his good buddy Weekley on the PGA Tour.
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Matt Jones will be one of the lucky ones Sunday. He was one of just five players who finished his fourth round of Q-School Saturday. He’ll be able to sleep in while other players are finishing up at Bear Lakes.
Of the five to post 72-hole scores, Jones is the only one in contention for a PGA Tour card. He is in a tie for ninth at 11 under par. He shot 66-67 in his past two rounds to move up 30 spots on the leaderboard.
The fourth round will resume at 7:45 a.m. Sunday. Fifth-round tee times will be between 11 a.m. and 1:10 p.m., which means the round will have to be completed Monday before the start of the final round.
“I’ve been up at 5 a.m. every day since Sunday,” Jones said. “I’ve been off first three of the four days. It’ll be nice to get a good night’s rest, relax and ... recharge the batteries.”
The fourth round wasn’t completed Saturday because of a delay from 11:15 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Jones and Hunter Haas were on the 18th tee when the horn blew at 4:58 p.m. to suspend play for the day. They finished the final hole while players, caddies and gallery members walked to the clubhouse around them.
“It was straight downwind,” Jones said. “I wanted to get it done.” He’ll be able to sleep much easier after making a 5-foot par putt to finish his day.
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INSIDE THE CUT LINE (top 25 and ties):
• Troy Merritt and Jay Williamson are tied for the lead at 15 under par. Merritt was 3 under after nine holes when play was called, while Williamson was 4 under through eight.
• Andrew Buckle was 5 under after 11 holes Saturday to move from T-23 to T-11. He’s 10 under for the tournament, three shots inside the cut line.
• J.P. Hayes was 3 over par for 11 holes to drop from a tie for the lead into a tie for 13th. He’s 9 under for the week.
• Bronson La’Cassie, the 2006 Western Amateur champ, was 4 under par for 14 holes Saturday to move up 13 spots on the leaderboard into a tie for 23rd.
• Neal Lancaster, 47, is tied for 23rd after shooting a front-nine 34 Saturday. Lancaster, the only man to twice shoot 29 for nine holes in a U.S. Open, is looking to get his PGA Tour card for the first time since 2005.
OUTSIDE THE CUT LINE
• Tom Pernice Jr., who won earlier this year on the Champions Tour, was even par for 11 holes Saturday and is tied for 26th at 6 under par.
• Luke List, runner-up at the 2004 U.S. Amateur, is tied for 32nd at 5 under par.
• Keegan Bradley was 5 under par for 15 holes Saturday, and moved up 45 spots on the leaderboard into a tie for 37th. He is 4 under for the event. Bradley opened the week 75-74, but shot a third-round 68.
• David Duval was 7 over par for 17 holes Saturday to drop from T-36 to T-111. He is 4 over for the event.
• Colt Knost, the 2007 U.S. Amateur champ, is tied for 146th.