Perfect conditions cause Q-School scores to dive

Thursday, December 1, 2011

LA QUINTA, Calif. - Why are scores so low in the PGA Tour Q-School at PGA West?

Answer No. 1: The weather is perfect.

Answer No. 2: The golf courses are close to perfect.

When the 2008 Q-School was played on the Stadium course and Nicklaus Tournament course (the same ones being used this year), medalist Harrison Frazar was 32 under par for 108 holes.

Think about it. Even without consideration of bogeys, that’s a birdie almost every three holes. Frazar’s average score for six rounds was 66.7.

In Wednesday’s opening round, 25 players shot 67 or better. Those are Harrison Frazar numbers. Of 172 players, 106 broke par.

For golfers accustomed to perfect weather, the weatherman had bad news late Wednesday: Persistent and gusty winds appear to be headed for the desert.

There is no cut at Q-School. Whether it is perfect or windy, all participants will play for six straight days. readers: We value your input and welcome your comments, but please be respectful in this forum.