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Zack Fischer closed strong at the final stage of Web.com Tour Q-School to earn full exempt status for the upcoming season on the PGA Tour’s secondary circuit.
Fischer followed an 8-under 64 in Monday’s fifth round with another 64 to take medalist honors Tuesday at PGA West in La Quinta, Calif. He made just three bogeys in his final five rounds combined, including none in his fifth and sixth rounds.
The former Texas-Arlington standout hadn’t made a Web.com Tour start before playing Q-School. He did made four starts on the PGA Tour in 2013, though. He missed the cut at the U.S. Open, Valero Texas Open and Zurich Classic, and tied for 68th at the HP Byron Nelson Championship.
At 31 under, he finished two shots ahead of Scott Pickney, who held the lead entering the final round before shooting 68 on Tuesday.
Pickney, along with the rest of the top 10 and ties, earns full status until the third re-ordering period next season on the Web.com Tour. The other players finishing in the top 10 are Tony Finau, Sung Joon Park and Steve Saunders (T-3); Max Homa, Bronson Burgoon and Jimmy Gunn (T-6); Chris Epperson (ninth); and Carlos Sainz Jr. (10th).
Both Epperson and Sainz Jr. carded final-round 63s.
Sam Saunders, who is the grandson of Arnold Palmer, tied for 11th along with Nick Taylor and Andy Pope. They are exempt until the second re-ordering period, as is the rest of the top 45 and ties, which includes former Central Florida player Brad Schneider (14th); former N.C. State player Albin Choi and North Texas product Carlos Ortiz (T-15); former Auburn standout Blayne Barber (T-22); East Carolina product Harold Varner III, former Florida State player Daniel Berger and former Alabama standout Justin Thomas (T-32).
Thomas closed with rounds of 69-66-65 after shooting a 78 in the third round.
Notables who earn conditional status include former Florida players Andres Echavarria (T-50), T.J. Vogel (T-73) and Tyler McCumber (T-129); amateurs Michael Kim (T-56), Zac Blair (T-85) and Anthony Paolucci (T-95); first-round leader Justin Shin (T-56).