Q-School Tracker: Lee takes 2-shot lead
Saturday, December 1, 2012
Photos: Snapshots from PGA Tour Q-School
Our Sean Martin is making his way around PGA West's Stadium Course. Here are some of his best smartphone pictures.
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. Here's a couple rounds worth mentioning:
• Richard H. Lee's 74 Friday dropped him from third to 31st. Lee was 10 shots better Saturday, shooting 64, to move back into second place.
• Tom Pernice Jr., 53, shot 64 to move from T-84 to T-24 and onto the cut line for a PGA Tour card.
• Derek Ernst made two eagles in Saturday's 67 and is T-10 with two rounds remaining.
• Robert Karlsson opened with rounds of 66-68-65 to move into second place, but a Saturday 75 dropped him to 17th.
• Kevin Kisner was T-142 in the 172-player field after shooting 71-75 in the first two. He's now T-33, one shot outside the cut line, after shooting 66-65 in the past two rounds.
Our Sean Martin (follow him on Twitter here) kept you updated all day long. Here's how it all happened:
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Update #19: 6:52 p.m. EST
Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano's Q-School quest is over. The Spaniard, No. 33 in the Official World Golf Ranking, withdrew after shooting 81 Saturday. He was T-165 out of the 169 players remaining. The commute from Dubai to California may have been too much for the highest-ranked player in the field. He'll still have plenty of opportunities to earn his PGA Tour card in 2013. Remaining in the top 50 in the Official World Golf Ranking will leave him exempt for the majors, World Golf Championships and Players Championship.
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Update #18: 6:49 p.m. EST
Dong-Hwan Lee first played Q-School in 2007, missing his PGA Tour card by two shots after a final-round 73. Lee is impressing this time around, shooting a 64 Saturday at the Stadium Course that has him tied for the lead with countryman Meen-Whee Kim. Lee fulfilled his 22-month mandatory military service since that 2007 Q-School. He gave golf lessons as part of his service, though wasn't able to practice (except when he was on leave) during his stint. He said teaching actually helped his game. He won on the Japan Tour before and after his military service. He's No. 220 in the Official World Golf Ranking and a two-time winner on the Japan Tour. We could be looking at a third consecutive Q-School where multiple Koreans earn PGA Tour cards.
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Update #17: 6:36 p.m. EST
Chez Reavie was in 111th place after his first-round 72 in Q-School. Now he's in good shape to regain his PGA Tour card after shooting 15-under 201 in the next three rounds, including a 67 Saturday that was capped off by birdies on Nos. 15-17.
"I'm going to do the same thing, take a nap, maybe watch a movie and grab some dinner, and do it all over again tomorrow," Reavie said.
Reavie is just the second player, since the FedEx Cup was created in 2007, to be at Q-School finals after qualifying for the previous year's Tour Championship. Despite playing in all four majors and the World Golf Championship at Doral, Reavie earned $580,617 and finished 135th on the money list. Reavie missed the cut in the season's first three majors, finished 62nd at the PGA Championship and 35th at the WGC.
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Update #16: 6:12 p.m. EST
Donald Constable just turned pro after this year's U.S. Amateur and is one of the 12 players who is at Q-School finals after playing three previous stages. Constable finished his eligibility at Minnesota in 2011 but stayed in school until May to finish his degree. Constable is in good shape through four rounds. He's broken par in all four rounds this week and is T-19 at 13 under. He played the past two rounds with two of the most well-known players in the field, Erik Compton and Camilo Villegas. Constable's 138 over those two rounds tied Villegas and beat Compton by one. "It was nice to see I could play with those guys," Constable said.
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Update #15: 5:20 p.m. EST
Bryden Macpherson isn't feeling the Q-School pressure, at least not yet. Macpherson, the 2011 British Amateur champion, is T-31 after shooting four consecutive sub-par rounds. He said he got advice from former Georgia teammate Harris English, who graduated last year's Q-School, on how to handle this week. "I love it, the opportunity," Macpherson said. "People say this is the worst week in golf, but I like playing golf. The weather is pure, the course is pure. The only way it can be stressful is if you put it on yourself. I've done a really good job of enjoying it."
The last two rounds, as the dream of a PGA Tour card starts becoming a reality, may be a little different.
"(Harris) said he just treated it like a regular event. He said he was feeling (nervous) the last couple days, and we have the last couple days coming up now, so it will be interesting to see how I react, but I feel confident about how I'm able to handle the situation," Macpherson said.
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Update #14: 4:58 p.m. EST
Korean players are now 1-2 on the leaderboard. Meen-Whee Kim (-1 thru 10, -19) is followed by Dong-Hwan Lee (-7 thru 16, -18).
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Update #13: 4:38 p.m. EST
Q-School pressure is starting to show. Patrick Reed was making a good rally after a second-round 75 that dropped him out of the top 120. He shot 68 yesterday and was 6 under as he came to his final hole. A three-putt from the 35 feet at the last was his first bogey of the day. He was hot. He picked up his bag and bee-lined his way to the parking lot. Still, 9-under 135 over the past two rounds is a good move to make.
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Update #12: 4:07 p.m. EST
Bhavik Patel missed a 5-footer at the last hole and finished with 67. He took advantage of perfect conditions playing in the first group. There's no wind and I'm actually working up a bit of a sweat waking around here. Patel has put himself in good position with two rounds remaining, moving to 11 under after starting the day at T-66.
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Update #11: 4:03 p.m. EST
Si Woo Kim is T-22 right now. The 17-year-old is younger than Ty Tryon when Tryon became what is believed to be the youngest player to earn a PGA Tour card at Q-School. One problem. He couldn't use any status earned here until he turned 18 on June 28, 2013. That would leave him just a handful of starts to try to keep his card. This is his pro debut.
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Update #10: 3:53 p.m. EST
Lee Bedford, a first-year pro out of Wake Forest is making a nice move today. He's 5 under through 13 and has moved up 37 spots to T-29.
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Update #9: 3:43 p.m. EST
The move of the day belongs to Bhavik Patel who just got up-and-down on the par-5 16th for another birdie. He's 6 under today and has moved from T-66 to T-20.
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Update #8: 3:41 p.m. EST
Those in contention for PGA Tour cards will finish up on PGA West's Stadium Course in Monday's final round. That promises for some interesting finishes, both good and bad. Too bad it isn't televised. The par-5 16th is reachable in two shots, but has a long waste bunker that lays some 15 feet below the left side of the green. No. 17 is an island-green par-3 that can play 191 yards, but is at the 168-yard tee today. And the 18th is a par-4 with water running down the entire left side. I wouldn't want to play those holes with a PGA Tour card on the line.
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Update #7: 3:10 p.m. EST
Bhavik Patel is making the most of his first Q-School trip. The Fresno State product was a semi-finalist at the 2009 U.S. Amateur, and won this year's Southern California Amateur by eight strokes and claimed last year's California Amateur. He's 5 under through 15 holes and T-27 overall.
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Update #6: 2:41 p.m. EST
We may have multiple Koreans graduate Q-School for a third consecutive year. Meen-Whee Kim is tied for the lead at 18 under, while Dong-Hwan Lee is making a big move. He shot 5-under 31 on the front nine of the Stadium Course to move two shots off the lead. He started the day in a tie for 17th. Korea is the only country, other than the United States, to have multiple players graduate from each of the past two Q-Schools.
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Update #5: 2:14 p.m. EST
Ross Fisher's decision to skip last week's European Tour finale in Dubai is looking better and better. Fisher didn't travel to the Middle East to avoid jet lag this week. The players who commuted from Dubai had to leave Monday and take a 16-hour flight to Los Angeles. He also played second stage the week before Dubai. Fisher, a member of Europe's victorious 2010 Ryder Cup team, said that if he did get a Tour card he would start the season in the Middle East, then come over to the States. Fisher, No. 99 in the OWGR, also has a home at Lake Nona in Orlando. He's represented by Horizon Sports Management, the same group that represents Rory McIlroy and Graeme McDowell. Fisher is T-4 after making the turn in 3-under 33 at the Stadium Course.
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Update #4: 1:52 p.m. EST
Robert Karlsson has tied Meen-Whee Kim for the lead at 18 under. There's no trophy at Q-School, but there's prize money. First place is worth $50,000, while all players who earn a Tour card earn $25,000 and all who get full Web.com Tour status get $5,000.
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Update #3: 1:35 p.m. EST
David Lipsky has been a world traveler in his brief pro career. The 2011 honorable-mention All-American out of Northwestern won the Asian Tour's Q-School for last season, then claimed the 2012 Handa Faldo Cambodian Classic in his third start on the circuit. That started an impressive hot streak where Lipsky finished 1-2-3 in consecutive starts. He was runner-up at the ISPS Handa Singapore Classic, then third at the following week's Maybank Malaysia Open, which is co-sanctioned with the European Tour. Lipsky beat major champions Charl Schwartzel and Martin Kaymer in that event.
Lipsky is No. 8 on the Asian Tour's order of merit. He's also in good shape at Q-School. Lipsky is 2 under through five holes today and has moved from T-44 to T-25.
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Update #2: 1 p.m. EST
A couple guys making early moves this morning:
• Korea's Dong-Hwan Lee is 3 under after four holes and has jumped from T-17 to T-10. Lee is No. 220 in the Official World Golf Ranking and is a two-time winner on the Japan Tour.
• John Chin, a 2010 first-team All-American at UC Irvine, also is 3 under after four holes and has jumped from T-44 to T-17.
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Update #1: 12:52 p.m. EST
Some interesting scoring notes:
• Michael Sims had just two over-par holes in the first three rounds (a bogey and a double-bogey) but started today in 98th place. Why? Sims made just six birdies in 54 holes. His 46 pars led the field.
• Edward Loar led the field with 21 birdies in the first 54 holes. He started Saturday in third place at 16 under.
• Len Mattiace started today at T-66. He had a hole-in-one on the fourth hole at PGA West’s Stadium Course in the third round. Mattiace made just one bogey and one double-bogey in the first three rounds, but like Sims, has struggled to make birdies. Mattiace made just seven in the first three rounds.
• Meen-Whee Kim’s second-round 63 tied the course record at PGA West’s Stadium Course. Three other players – Arjun Atwal, Steve LeBrun and Vaughn Taylor – have shot 64 this week. LeBrun and Taylor started Saturday in a tie for fourth place. Atwal is T-46, though. His 64 was sandwiched between a first-round 74 and third-round 70.
• There have been two rounds in the 80s this week, and they both belong to the same player: Brett Bergeron. He’s in last place by eight shots at 20-over 236.
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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.