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LA QUINTA, Calif. -- And that’s a wrap on the final PGA Tour Q-School. Twenty-five players earned PGA Tour cards Monday at PGA West. Here’s a quick 5 Things to remember:

1. Dong-Hwan Lee, a 25-year-old from Korea, is the medalist after shooting a final-round 67. Lee finished at 25-under 407, one shot ahead of Ross Fisher and Steve LeBrun.

2. There’s always a heartbreak story at Q-School. Ed Loar is this year’s. Loar, a PGA Tour rookie in 2012, started the day in third place but shot 78 to miss his PGA Tour card by two shots. Loar hit his approach shots into the water on Nos. 17 and 18, finishing with a double-bogey and bogey.

Mark Anderson and Heath Slocum both hit their tee shots into the water on 18. Anderson made double-bogey and Slocum made bogey. Both players missed their card by two shots.

Tom Pernice, 53, shot 79 to fall from T-17 to T-87.

3. Twenty-five players earned PGA Tour cards Monday (Brad Fritsch, who finished seventh, already had earned his PGA Tour card via the Web.com Tour). Donald Constable, Bobby Gates, Patrick Reed, Henrik Norlander and Chez Reavie finished T-22 to earn their cards without a shot to spare.

4. Two Korean players earned their first PGA Tour at this year’s Q-School. It’s the third consecutive year that multiple Koreans have graduated Q-School. No other country, besides the United States, can claim that. Si Woo Kim, 17, will join Dong-Hwan Lee on the PGA Tour next year. One problem: Kim can’t use his PGA Tour status until he turns 18 on June 28.

5. The players who missed a PGA Tour card by a stroke: Oliver Fisher, Danny Lee, Vince Covello, Mathew Goggin and Kevin Kisner.

Our Sean Martin (follow on Twitter here) was on the scene and kept you updated all day long from southern California.

Here's how it all unfolded:

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Update #39: 6:26 p.m. EST

Ed Loar is this year's heartbreak story. He started the day in third place but hit approaches into the water on the final two holes and missed his card. "We all know how cruel this game is," he said.

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Update #38: 6:16 p.m. EST

Dong-Hwan Lee birdies No. 18 to get to 25 under and is atop the leaderboard, one shot clear of Ross Fisher. Lee is likely to take home the $50,000 first-place prize.

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Update #37: 6:11 p.m. EST

Edward Loar just hit his approach into the water on 18. He is going to fall out of the top 25 after starting the day in third. That's approaches in the water on the final two holes.

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Update #36: 6:08 p.m. EST

Edward Loar is 5 over on his round today as he comes to 18. He will need a birdie to retain his PGA Tour card.

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Update #35: 6 p.m. EST

Erik Compton is back on the PGA Tour after graduating Q-School. "It's hell week."

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Update #34: 5:52 p.m. EST

Ross Fisher fires an 6-under 66 to move to 24 under and is fighting for the title. Finishing as top dog nets you $50,000 at Q-School.

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Update #33: 5:47 p.m. EST

Mark Anderson hit his tee shot in the water on 18 to miss his Tour card. He tweeted, "@mark_andersonsc: There is not enough beverage at the beer hunter today."

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Update #32: 5:45 p.m. EST

Jeff Gove birdied his final two holes, almost making eagle on the par-4 18th. He finished at 21 under, four shots to spare. Those birdies still are important. "They could get me into another event on the West Coast," said Gove, who carried a stand bag from College Golf Fellowship this week. Every stroke matters at Q-School.

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Update #31: 5:14 p.m. EST

Heath Slocum hit his tee shot on No. 18 into the water and probably won't get his card. "You forget how hard Q-School is," the three-time Tour winner said.

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Update #30: 5:12 p.m. EST

Ross Fisher and Steve LeBrun are atop the leaderboard at 24 under, while it looks like Camilo Villegas will not earn his Tour card, finishing at 15 under, currently T-32.

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Update #29: 4:50 p.m. EST

Patrick Reed and Bobby Gates just parred the Stadium Course's 9th, their 18th hole, to shoot 67 and finish at 17 under. That might be enough. It's going to be close.

Reed is getting married on Dec. 21, with a honeymoon cruise from Dec. 28-Jan. 5. He could make his debut as Tour member the next week.

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Update #28: 3:58 p.m. EST

Derek Ernst's 12-foot birdie putt at 9 has him tied for the lead at 23 under. Word is Ernst has a spot in next week's Thailand Golf Championship. It's a star-studded field assembled in Asia.

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Update #27: 3:53 p.m. EST

Steven Bowditch is staring off into a lake as his playing partners putt out on No. 9. He chipped close and will save par. Bowditch will make the turn in 39 and is 20 under, two inside the projected cut line.

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Update #26: 3:29 p.m. EST

Two more birdies for Scott Langley at Nos. 11 and 12 get him to 19 under. Expected cut line is 18 under. He's 4 under today.

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Update #25: 3:18 p.m. EST

Si Woo Kim just holed a 12-foot birdie putt on the par-3 13th hole to go to 5 under for the day. Kim is now T-15 at 19 under. Remember, Kim is the 17-year-old who would be younger than Ty Tryon was when he earned his first PGA Tour card. Kim's rookie year will be a struggle, though. He can't use any status earned here until his 18th birthday on June 28. He'd start at the back of the pack in his status category (Q-School/Web.com Tour graduates). He'd only have seven weeks until the start of the FedEx Cup playoffs and Web.com Tour Finals. He'd just have to finish in the top 200 on the PGA Tour money list to earn his way back into the Web.com Tour Finals, where he could try to regain his card.

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Update #24: 3:08 p.m. EST

Tom Pernice's quest for a PGA Tour card may have come to an end. The 53-year-old makes the turn in 4-over 40 – including double-bogeys at the par-3 fourth and sixth holes – and falls from T-17 to T-50. At 12 under, he'll likely need a back-nine 30 to get his PGA Tour card.

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Update #23: 3:05 p.m. EST

Patrick Reed has parred the par-5 fifth, failing to take advantage of a good birdie hole. Reed is currently T-24, but he probably needs two birdies on his last four holes to get a PGA Tour card. He has one more par-5, the eighth hole at the Nicklaus Tournament course, ahead of him.

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Update #22: 2:55 p.m. EST

Steven Bowditch is now as close to the projected cut line as the lead. Bowditch, the 90-hole leader, is 4 over after six holes today and at 19 under. It's expected that 18 under will safely earn a PGA Tour card. Bowditch made a double-bogey on No. 3, then bogeyed Nos. 5 and 6.

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Update #21: 2:53 p.m. EST

Patrick Reed was 4 under after six holes today. He's played his past six holes even par, though, and is still 4 under for the day with six holes remaining. Reed is T-24 at 16 under. He's currently inside the cut line, but in reality will need to probably play his last six holes in at least 2 under to get a PGA Tour card. He has two par-5s ahead of him, Nos. 5 and 8. He finishes at No. 9.

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Update #20: 2:50 p.m. EST

Si-Woo Kim, 17, is 3 under through 10 holes to move to 17 under and inside the cut line. He would not be able to use his Tour card until the end of June when he turned 18.

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Update #19: 2:30 p.m. EST

A leaderboard update:

• Overnight leader Steven Bowditch is 2 over through four holes and has dropped to T-7.

• There is a six-way tie for the lead, with Jin Park, Dong-Whan Lee, Derek Ernst, Billy Horschel, Steve LeBrun and Kris Blanks all at 22 under.

• Camilo Villegas is two shots outside the top 25, although he is 2 under on his round. Oliver Fisher is a single shot outside the cut.

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Update #18: 2:11 p.m. EST

Alex Aragon and Vince Covello own some crazy scorecards. Covello is even today after going double-bogey-eagle-birdie on Nos. 5-8. He holed out from 90 yards on No. 7. He is 1 over through 9 and three back.

Aragon made a 30-footer for eagle on No. 8 after a double on No. 7 and a bogey at the sixth. He got up-and-down for birdie on No. 5 and chipped in for birdie on the par-4 second. He's T-27.

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Update #17: 2:05 p.m. EST

Chez Reavie is on a roll with the belly putter. He just made a 30-footer on No. 8 after making a 20-footer from the fringe on No. 7. He's 3 under today and moved up to T-16.

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Update #16: 1:50 p.m. EST

Chez Reavie used his belly putter to hole a 20-footer from the fringe on the par-4 seventh hole. His fellow PGA Tour winner, Heath Slocum, made a 10-footer for birdie. Reavie is 2 under today and T-18. Slocum is 1 under and T-23.

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Update #15: 1:38 p.m. EST

Scott Langley just made the women scream. He chipped in on the par-3 sixth for birdie. The par-3 has water front and right of the green and Langley played a smart shot left of the green. He was coming off a short birdie putt at the par-5 fifth after knocking an 80-yard wedge stiff. He's 3 under after six today.

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Update #14: 1:30 p.m. EST

Vince Covello just holed out from about 90 holes for eagle-2 on the par-4seventh, his ball spinning back into the hole. He needed it. He'd played his last two holes in 3 over and was 3 over after six holes.

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Update #13: 1:25 p.m. EST

Scott Langley said he felt prepared for today because of his experience in big events (Won, 2010 NCAAs; T-16, 2010 U.S. Open). It's showing. Langley just stiffed a wedge at the par-5 fifth hole to make birdie and go 2 under for today and 17 under overall. He started on cut line.

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Update #12: 1:20 p.m. EST

Meen-Whee Kim's struggles continues. He just hit it in the water from about 70 yards on 7. He's even through 7 and T-34. Shot 73-75 last 2 rounds.

Meanwhile, Chesson Hadley's "resurrection" continues. He was one of the six players who it through to second stage after Blayne Barber disqualified himself from Q-School's first stage. Hadley is the only one of the half-dozen to make it to finals. He just made a 10-footer for birdie on the seventh hole. He's 2 under today and one shot off the cut line.

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Update #11: 1:03 p.m. EST

When Patrick Reed walked off the course yesterday, his agent said, "Now it really is a Monday (qualifier)." Why? Because Reed faced 18 holes where he had to make as many birdies as possible, just like the Monday qualifiers he had so much success with this season. Reed is off to a good start. He's 4 under through six holes and T-21.

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Update #10: 12:53 p.m. EST

Not a good sign. Vince Covello is walking back to where his tee shot is and dropping. Will likely be hitting his fourth on the par-5. Came to the hole at 14 under.

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Update #9: 12:49 p.m. EST

Alex Aragon missed the green at No. 4, but saves another par. He's 1 under on the day and T-26.

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Update #8: 12:40 p.m. EST

Phillip Mollica's caddie is jumping up and down, trying to get Mollica's ball to drop in the hole at No. 3. It's on the lip after Mollica knocked a 20-yard bunker shot close. His playing partner and fellow lefty, Scott Langley, made a nice 6-footer for par on the hole.

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Update #7: 12:36 p.m. EST

Danny Lee was T-25 after playing his first four holes in 1 under. He just rinsed his tee shot on the par-5 fifth, though, and had to hit his third from 75 yards in front of the tee, from where he hit an iron. Looks like some dropped shots ahead.

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Update #6: 12:24 p.m. EST

Scott Langley holes a 4-footer at the second hole. He's 16 under now. And his group already encounters a wait at the third tee. Promises to be a slow day.

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Update #5: 12:15 p.m. EST

Alex Aragon has missed the first two greens in regulation but is 1 under after chipping in at the second hole. He's 15 under. Heath Slocum and Chez Reavie also birdied the 2nd. Slocum nailed a 6-footer and Reavie holed a 4-footer.

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Update #4: 12:07 p.m. EST

The second group of players at 15 under had an easier time with the first hole. All three two-putted for par. Scott Langley and Phillip Mollica both missed birdie putts from 12 feet while Fabian Gomez lipped one out from 8 feet. Have to give Langley credit for a strong fashion choice on this pressure-packed day. He's rocking green pants.

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Update #3: 11:58 a.m. EST

Tough first hole for Alex Aragon, who looks a bit uptight. He started walking after his approach shot as soon as he hit it, and the ball came up some 10 yards short of the green. No one in the first group hit the green in regulation, though. All three saved par. Slocum was under a tree left of the fairway and had to hit a cut shot that started farther left of the green before fading back. He holed a 4-footer for par.

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Update #2: 11:54 a.m. EST

Clemson product Phillip Mollica (-15) has an experienced caddie on the bag: Don Cooper, who was on Lucas Glover's bag for 2009 U.S. Open. Glover also is a Clemson alum.

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Update #1: 11:45 a.m. EST

And the fun begins. This 8:40 a.m. group -- Alex Aragon, Heath Slocum and Chez Reavie -- is the first group to feature players at 15 under, the current cut line for a PGA Tour card. Slocum and Reavie are past PGA Tour winners. Slocum made double bogey on his 17th hole yesterday when his ball moved on the green and he have himself a one-shot penalty. Reavie is just the second player since the FedEx Cup began to go from the Tour Chanpionship to Q-School finals in one year. Aragon won this year on the Web.com Tour. He just spent about 30 seconds bent over at the waist, his hands on his knees.

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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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Q-School: Pre-qualifying

FINAL RESULTS: Find out who advanced and who was left out. Notes & results.

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