Q-School: Complete finals coverage
Tuesday, December 8, 2009
MONDAY (ROUND 6):
• Stuard finishes strong for card: A year ago, Brian Stuard was on the cusp of earning a PGA Tour card. This time around, Stuard made two 11th-hour birdies to become one of 25 players to earn a ticket to play with the big boys in 2010.
• LPGA Q-School: Blumenherst, U.S. surge: Amanda Blumenherst was one of six Americans to earn their 2010 LPGA card Monday at Q-School. So, what does she hope to bring to tour? ‘The All-American girl feeling,’ she said.
SUNDAY (ROUND 5):
• Zambia’s Muthiya dreaming of PGA card: Madalitso Muthiya’s favorite movie is “Coming to America.” The movie title could just as easily double as the Zambia native’s improbable journey to the final stage of PGA Tour Q-School. Adam Schupak explains.
• Boise State buddies making noise:Former Boise State stars Troy Merritt (left) and Graham Delaet are on the brink of a PGA Tour card. They’re 1-2 at Q-School with one round left.
• LPGA Q-School: Blumenherst nearing card: Amanda Blumenherst vaulted up the leaderboard Sunday at LPGA Q-School with a 5-under 67. She’s tied for second with one round remaining at LPGA International.
SATURDAY (ROUND 4):
• Broadaway following Boo’s path: As Josh Broadaway plays his way through PGA Tour Q-School, Sean Martin can’t help but be reminded of another Southerner to find success at Bear Lakes: Boo Weekley.
FRIDAY (ROUND 3):
• Fowler, Horschel nearing Tour card: Former college stars Rickie Fowler and Billy Horschel can smell a 2010 PGA Tour card. Both are handling Q-School like old pros.
• LPGA Q-School: Rain posing problems: Steady rain postponed LPGA Q–School on Friday and threw Nikki Garrett’s travel plans into disarray. Now the overnight leader is left with the double–duty task of earning her LPGA Tour card and making it to Dubai by Wednesday afternoon.
THURSDAY (ROUND 2):
• Fowler makes move after 68: Rickie Fowler bounced back from a poor opening round to shoot 68 on Day 2 at PGA Tour Q-School. As Sean Martin writes, thriving under pressure is nothing new for Fowler.
• LPGA Q-School: Where are the Koreans?: Something about this year’s LPGA Q-School seemed different. Glancing down the tee sheet, I recognized too many names. Then it hit me: Where are the Koreans?
WEDNESDAY (ROUND 1):
• DeLaet seeking permanent home: Graham DeLaet was representing his country in China just three days ago. Three days later, he’s in West Palm Beach for the most important tournament of his jet-setting year.
• Blumenherst full of good vibes: With 72 holes remaining this week at LPGA Q-School, it’s far too early in the game for Amanda Blumenherst to be nervous.
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SECOND STAGE RECAPS (Nov. 18-21):
Williamson ‘proud’ of second stage success (Nov. 21): Jay Williamson said he was ‘proud’ of himself for powering through the second stage of Q-School, often considered the most pressure-packed portion of the process. Others, of course, weren’t as fortunate.
Second-stage winners and losers (Nov. 21): Jim McCabe reviews the good, bad, ugly and disheartening tales from the second stage of PGA Tour Q-School.
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SECOND STAGE RESULTS:
- Kingwood, Texas
- Brooksville, Fla.
- Panama City Beach, Fla.
- Pine Mountain, Ga.
- McKinney, Texas
- Beaumont, Calif.
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FIRST STAGE RECAPS (Oct. 20-30):
Malinowski wins in Lantana (Nov. 1): Nick Malinowski walked away with a three-shot victory at first-stage PGA Tour qualifying school in Lantana, Texas Sunday. A resident of nearby Frisco, Texas, Malinowski was at 16-under 272 at the Lantana Golf Club. Tony Finau will miss out on the second stage of qualifying after a T-59 finish at 4-over 292.
Lovemark, Tringale advance from Pinewild (Oct. 30): Andy Bare went 8 under in his first three rounds at the first stage of PGA Tour qualifying school, then sealed the win with a final-round 70. Jamie Lovemark fell to 77 in the final round, but still qualified easily for the second stage, as did Cameron Tringale.
Bradley bulldozes Valdosta field (Oct. 30): Keegan Bradley had a 7-shot lead going into the final round of first-stage PGA Tour qualifying school at Kinderlou Forest Golf Club in Valdosta, Ga., and by the time the dust cleared, the former St. John's star had grabbed the top spot with eight shots to spare. Mike Van Sickle also advanced after a final-round 67.
Potter wins Lakeland qualifier, Tryon finishes fourth (Oct. 30): Hooters Tour phenom Ted Potter proved he could take it to the next level Friday with his win at first-stage PGA Tour qualifying school at Grasslands Golf and Country Club. Ty Tryon, who was pegged an up-and-coming star as a teenager, also qualified for the second stage.
Woltman advances easily from Santee (Oct. 30): Brian Guetz turned in the low score for first-stage PGA Tour qualifying at Carlton Oaks Country Club, but Dan Woltman also easily advanced to the second stage.
Anderson wins narrowly at San Juan Oaks (Oct. 30): Stuart Anderson closed with 67s to win first-stage PGA Tour qualifying in Hollister, Calif. Richard Lee and Kevin Chappell weren't far behind at the San Juan Oaks Golf Club.
Big Friday looms for Tour Q-Schoolers (Oct. 29): Keegan Bradley watched his friend, roommate, and former high school teammate, Jon Curran, ace his first-stage PGA Tour qualifying school test last week. Now he’s on the verge of one-upping his pal.
Fujikawa out early; Compton, Haas Jr. advance (Oct. 24): Biggest stories of the first stage of PGA Tour Q-school? More often than not, they’re about the guys who flunk out early. Case in point: Eighteen-year-old Tadd Fujikawa, who closed in 74-76.
Danny Lee, big names drop out of Q-School early (Oct. 23): Two summers ago, Danny Lee dominated the amateur golf circuit. Friday, he shot a final-round 76 and failed to make it through the first stage of PGA Tour Qualifying.
FIRST STAGE RESULTS:
- Auburn, Ala.
- Florence, S.C.
- Port St. Lucie, Fla.
- St. Augustine, Fla.
- Dayton, Nev.
- Dade City, Fla.
- Beaumont, Calif.
- Seaside, Calif.
- Lincoln, Neb.
FINAL STAGE RECAP (Nov. 28-Dec. 3):
• Hutsby earns card, ready to win: Sam Hutsby, the 21-year-old Great Britain & Ireland Walker Cup player now his sights set on a European Tour victory next season after taking the second card at the European Tour Qualifying School.
Senior wins Champions Tour Q-School (Nov. 20): Australia’s Peter Senior won the Champions Tour National Qualifying Tournament on Friday, shooting a 5-under 66 for a three-stroke victory over Joe Ozaki, Steve Haskins and Ronnie Black.
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James takes long route in Champions Q-School (Nov. 6): Gerry James has no problem with his driving distance. At the first stage of Champions Tour Q-School, the former pro wrestler proved the rest of his game has the necessary brawn as well.
FIRST STAGE RESULTS (Nov. 3-6):
Joh wins Futures Tour qualifying (Nov. 6): Former UCLA standout Tiffany Joh finished Futures Tour qualifying at the head of the pack, with Danielle Mills, a recent Elon graduate, coming in one shot back. Several other notable collegiate players also were in the field.