LA QUINTA, Calif. — In what is considered by many to be the toughest test in golf, PGA Tour Q-School will reach its final stage starting on Wednesday and culminating on Monday after 108 holes.
In the last year of this format – the Web.com Tour will act as the feeder to the PGA Tour starting in 2013 – the field features four players in the top 60 of the Official World Golf Rankings.
Our Sean Martin (follow him on Twitter for constant updates here) and Jim Achenbach will be bringing you complete coverage all week as the field of 170 fights for 25 PGA Tour cards.
See our complete coverage below:
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Monday, Dec. 3, 2012
• 5 THINGS: That’s a wrap. Q-School as we know it is finished. This final edition featured the standard storylines that this unique event has built its reputation on. Story.
• MEET THE GRADS: After 108 holes and 172 players competing for a chance to play on the PGA Tour, only these 26 players were left standing on Monday at PGA West’s Stadium Course. Here’s a breakdown of each. Story.
• DAY 6 TRACKER: Dong-Whan Lee fired a 5-under 67 to take the PGA Tour Q-School title, while former Augusta State teammates Patrick Reed and Henrik Norlander used the same score to earn their cards on the number. See how it happened.
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Sunday, Dec. 2, 2012
• TOUGH-GUY GOLF: From leader Steven Bowditch to Kevin Kisner to Paul Stankowski, the 108-hole test that is PGA Tour Q-School is more about the ability to maintain your mental stability than it is about your skills on the course. Story.
• 5 THINGS: Steven Bowditch holds the 90-hole lead at PGA Tour Q-School, but the nerves, joy and heartbreak of Monday’s final round await those dreaming of a Tour card in 2013 – just ask Billy Horschel. Story.
• DAY 5 TRACKER: That’s a wrap on Day 5 at PGA Tour Q-School. Just one round remains for these PGA Tour aspirants. Steven Bowditch will take a one-shot lead into Monday’s final round. See how it happened.
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Saturday, Dec. 1, 2012
• DAY 4 TRACKER: That’s a wrap from Day 4 at PGA Tour Q-School. Dong-Hwan Lee has a two-shot lead after shooting 64 on PGA West’s Stadium Course. Edward Loar, Meen-Whee Kim, Vaughn Taylor and Richard H. Lee. See how it happened.
• 5 THINGS: PGA Tour Q-School 72-hole leader Dong-Hwan Lee says the approximately two years he spent in the South Korean military was good for his golf career. Story.
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Friday, Nov. 30, 2012
• DAY 3 TRACKER: Meen-Whee Kim, 20, maintained his lead at PGA Tour Q-School on Friday, firing a 5-under 67 to hold a one-shot lead over veteran Robert Karlsson after 54 holes. See how it happened.
• 5 THINGS: We’re at the halfway point of PGA Tour Q-School. Three rounds are down, and three rounds remain. Here are 5 Things you need to know from the third round of the final Q-School. Meen-Whee Kim, at 18-under 198, holds a one-shot lead over Robert Karlsson. Story.
• ON TRACK: The infamous “We talkin’ ‘bout practice” quote from basketball player Allen Iverson has developed a life of its own, 10 years after Iverson scoffed at taking practice seriously. But for 38-year-old Heath Slocum, it’s a necessity. Story.
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Thursday, Nov. 29, 2012
• DAY 2 TRACKER: Meen-Whee Kim fired a 9-under 63 to take a one-shot lead over Vaughn Taylor, who shot 64, after 36 holes of PGA Tour Q-School at PGA West in La Quinta, Calif. Story.
• HOLDING HIS OWN: Tom Pernice Jr., 53, and Si Woo Kim, 17, are competing for spots on the 2013 PGA Tour. Kim would set a record for youngest player in the history of the Tour. Pernice, meanwhile, is trying to stay on golf’s biggest stage. Story.
• IN DRIVER’S SEAT: We’re one-third of the way through PGA Tour Q-School, but while Meen-Whee Kim leads at 13 under, there’s still 72 holes left. Here’s 5 Things to take away from Thursday’s second round at PGA West. Story.
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Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2012
• DAY 1 TRACKER: The final stage of PGA Tour Q-School got underway on Wednesday at PGA West. And it was Steve LeBrun who finds himself out in front early. See how it happened.
• COMEBACK TRAIL: Sergio Garcia, Kevin Na, Robert Karlsson. Three different personalities, three different golf swings, one common malady. All three suffered from the full-swing yips. They reached a point in their professional careers where they couldn’t start the swing. Karlsson is back at it this week at Q-School. Story.
• EUROPEANS START HOT: 5 Things from Day 1 of the final PGA Q-School in La Quinta, Calif., on the PGA West’s Nicklaus Tournament Course and Stadium Course. Story.
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Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2012
• 5 THINGS PREVIEW: The 2012 field at Q-School is one of the strongest fields in the event’s history, featuring four players inside the top 60 in the Official World Golf Ranking. Story.
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Monday, Nov. 26, 2012
• TEE TIMES & PAIRINGS: Check out the tee times and pairings for the final stage of PGA Tour Qualifying School at PGA West in La Quinta, Calif. Tee times.
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Q-School: Second stage
• FINAL RESULTS: Robert Karlsson, Matt Fast and Si Kim took medalist honors at their respective sites on Saturday, and Daniel Chopra shot 6 under to advance in Brooksville during the final day of PGA Tour Q-School’s second stage. Notes & scores.
• SPIETH COMES UP SHORT: Jordan Spieth’s first Q-School attempt came to an end Friday, ensuring that he won’t earn a PGA Tour card this year. The biggest question surrounding the Texas sophomore is when he’ll start pursuing his PGA Tour card in 2013. Story.
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Q-School: First stage
• BARBER IS OUT: Blayne Barber had easily advanced out of the first stage of the PGA Tour’s Q-School, but something was weighing on him. It was an incident that had occurred in the tournament’s second round, one of those moments when this game’s rules so harshly penalize the slightest misstep. Story.
• FINAL RESULTS: Find out who advanced and who missed out. Notes & results.
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• FINAL RESULTS: Find out who advanced and who was left out. Notes & results.