Breakdown of 2011 Q-School graduates
Tuesday, December 6, 2011
1. Brendon Todd, 26, Georgia, Atlanta
Former Georgia player, a Nationwide Tour winner one year after graduation, rebuilt his game after hitting rock bottom in 2010 (0-for-13 Nationwide Tour cuts).
2. Stephen Gangluff, 36, Ohio State, Charlottesville, Va.
It’s been a decade since he last earned a Tour card. He finished 120th on Nationwide Tour money list with just one top 10 in 25 starts in 2011.
3. Bobby Gates, 25, Texas A&M, Woodlands, Texas
Gates – at 6-foot-5, 230 pounds – is built like a football player, returns to the Tour after finishing No. 126 on the money list. Switched to belly putter in the middle of 2011.
3. Seung-Yul Noh, 20, N/A, South Korea
He’s just 20 but already has proven himself on the world stage, winning on European Tour and has top-30 finishes in three majors over the past two years.
5. Tommy Biershenk, 38, Clemson, Bolling Springs, S.C.
Finally gets his first Tour card at age 38 after several close calls. A solid all-around game could make him a consistent presence on the big Tour.
5. Vaughn Taylor, 35, Augusta State, Augusta, Ga.
He made 17 of 27 cuts in 2011, but lost his card after failing to register a top 10 because of lack of length (284.1 yards per tee shot, 147th) off the tee. Was scheduled to get married the Saturday after Q-School in the Bahamas.
5. Jarrod Lyle, 30, N/A, Australia
Like Taylor, The Australian went from Q-School to another stressful situation: his wedding, on the Saturday after the event.
8. Bob Estes, 45, Texas, Austin, Texas
The veteran only made 12 PGA Tour starts after finishing 132nd on the money list in 2010, but he showed he can compete with a playoff loss at the Greenbrier Classic. His 589 Tour starts and four PGA Tour wins were most among this year’s graduates.
8. Brian Harman, 24, Georgia, Savannah, Ga.
The former amateur star failed to get out of Q-School’s first stage his first two years as a pro, an experience he said humbled him and also increased his work ethic.
8. Marco Dawson, 48, Florida Southern, Lakeland, Fla.
The 48-year-old nearly earned his Tour card via the Nationwide Tour, finishing 32nd on the money list thanks to consistent play. He made the cut in all three PGA Tour starts in 2011.
11. Sang-Moon Bae, 25, N/A, South Korea
At No. 30 in the Official World Golf Ranking, he was the rare top-50 player to try Q-School. One reason for his success was immediately evident: his putter. Won three times on the Japan Tour in 2011.
11. Kevin Kisner, 27, Georgia, Aiken, S.C.
He was back at Q-School after finishing 181st on the PGA Tour money list in 2010, ranking poorly in driving distance (145th), accuracy (109th) and greens in regulation (184th).
13. Roberto Castro, 26, Georgia Tech, Atlanta
The Georgia Tech grad, who’d already earned his card via the Nationwide Tour, is known for his eclectic taste in music. He writes for the site, allthingsthataregood.com. Oh, and he finished in the top 25 in more than half his Nationwide Tour starts in 2011.
13. Jeff Maggert, 47, Texas A&M, Houston
He can add to his 546 career PGA Tour starts after making it through Q-School for a second consecutive year, this time after finishing 216th on the PGA Tour money list in 2011. He made just six of 18 cuts in 2011 with no top 25s.
13. Charlie Beljan, 27, New Mexico, Mesa, Ariz.
The former U.S. Junior champ has kept his pro-golf dreams alive by tearing it up on the Arizona-based Gateway Tour, where he led the money list twice. This will be his first time with a PGA Tour card, though.
13. Harris English, 22, Georgia, Sea Island, Ga.
Time could prove English to be the top prospect among this year’s class. Long-hitter is going directly to PGA Tour after competing in the Walker Cup, following the likes of Dustin Johnson, Rickie Fowler, Jeff Overton and J.B. Holmes.
18. Patrick Sheehan, 42, Hartford, Oviedo, Fla.
He made just seven of 20 cuts on the Nationwide Tour in 2011, but regained his PGA Tour card by shooting 66-67 over Q-School’s final two rounds, matching the best closing 36 holes this week.
18. Scott Dunlap, 48, Florida, Duluth, Ga.
He earns his PGA Tour card for the first time since 2002, having spent the past eight seasons on the Nationwide Tour.
18. Greg Owen, 39, N/A, England
The Englishman, best known for his short misses on the 71st hole at the 2006 Arnold Palmer Invitational, is back on the PGA Tour after spending 2011 on the Nationwide Tour, finishing 52nd on the money list.
18. Daniel Summerhays, 28, BYU, Farmington, Utah
Started working on his swing this year with former PGA Tour winner Grant Waite. Played well at Q-School’s final and second stage after a few weeks home in Utah, including a casual round where he missed a 25-foot putt for 59.
18. Will Claxton, 30, Auburn, Auburn, Ala.
The former Auburn player’s sees up close what it takes to compete on Tour. PGA runner-up Jason Dufner is a regular playing partner at home in Auburn. Finished T-67 in his only PGA Tour start, at this year’s Transitions.
18. Ed Loar, 34, Oklahoma State, Dallas
The former Walker Cup player earns his first card a dozen years after graduating Oklahoma States. Big-hitting lefty estimates he’s teed it up in 20-plus countries worldwide after spending several seasons in Asia.
24. Mark Anderson, 25, South Carolina, Beaufort, S.C.
Already earned his PGA Tour card via Nationwide Tour. Elected to skip last year’s Q-School to spend another season on the Nationwide Tour. Now we’ll see if the seasoning paid off.
24. Alexandre Rocha, 34, Mississippi State, Brazil
After finishing 184th on the PGA Tour money list in 2011, he had to hole a 15-foot birdie putt on his second-to-last hole of Q-School’s second stage just to make finals. Now earns a return trip to Tour with a single shot to spare.
24. Richard H. Lee, 24, Washington, Scottsdale, Ariz.
Second-year pro earns Q-School redemption. He missed his card by a single shot last year, then played his final five holes in 5 under this year to earn his card with a shot to spare.
24. John Huh, 21, C.S. Northridge, South Korea
Entered Q-School having finished in the top 10 in his past three starts on the OneAsia and Korean tours. Was rookie of the year on the 2011 Korean Tour.
24. Nathan Green, 36, N/A, Australia
The 2009 Canadian Open champion has quickly lost his game. His only top 10 since that win came in January 2010. Was resigned to a season on the Nationwide Tour until a final-round 66 at Q-School.
24. Colt Knost, 26, SMU, Dallas
The former U.S. Amateur displayed the raw emotions associated with Q-School. He cried after signing his scorecard. Not tears of joy or sadness, just exhaustion, after a final-hole double bogey left him uncertain of his status.