Magee to play Monday qualifier for WMO

Andrew Magee during the the 2005 AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am.
Andrew Magee during the the 2005 AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am. ( Associated Press )

Sunday, January 30, 2011

It seems that Monday qualifying has become a right of passage for fortysomethings on the PGA Tour. You can add Andrew Magee to that list, as the four-time winner will try to qualify on Monday for a spot at the Waste Management Open.

Magee, 48, has not played in a Tour event since last year’s Arnold Palmer Invitational – where he played as a past champion – and has not made a cut since a T-60 finish at Bay Hill in 2008. Magee who has not been a full-timer on the Tour since 2006 is starting to get ready for his debut on the Champions Tour next year.

“I just need to play and feel a little pressure,” Magee said of his reason for trying to qualify for Phoenix. “Its here, local, and at McCormick Ranch, which I’m familiar with.”

Magee will take full advantage of the 48-and-over exemption on the Nationwide Tour this year to play a semi-full schedule. His Nationwide debut will be at the Pacific Rubiales Bogota Open in March before using his past-champion status once again at Bay Hill.

“I’m not driving it very well,” Magee said on his way to the driving range Sunday afternoon. “But I’m putting well and hitting my irons fine.”

Magee said his is a little leaner after losing six to eight pounds, and is looking forward to competing.

“Just got to be under the gun,” Magee said. readers: We value your input and welcome your comments, but please be respectful in this forum.