Liu advances at Euro Q-School, still set on Stanford

Jim Liu of the United States Team tees off of the seventh hole during the morning foursomes for the 8th Junior Ryder Cup at Olympia Fields Country Club on September 24, 2012 in Olympia Fields, Illinois.

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OLYMPIA FIELDS, Ill. – Have no fear, Stanford fans. Jim Liu still plans on coming to The Farm next fall. Liu’s name stood out while I was scouring the scores from European Tour Q-School. He wasn’t entered in PGA Tour Q-School, and never had expressed an interest in turning pro early. You don’t commit to Stanford unless you actually want to spend some time studying, after all.

It turns out Liu only attended the first-stage qualifier in Ebreichsdorf, Austria, because it coincided with a business trip his father, Mike, made to the country. “I just decided to tag along,” said Jim Liu, the 2010 U.S. Junior champ and Golfweek’s top-ranked junior. Liu shot 4-under 281 (66-72-69-74) to tie for 12th at Golfclub Schloss Ebreichsdorf, good enough to advance to the second stage. He insisted, though, that he’s headed to Stanford regardless of what happens at Q-School.

“Honestly, when I went there, I wasn’t even thinking about what the dates were for second stage,” Liu said at the Junior Ryder Cup. “I haven’t even bought plane tickets yet. But I’ll be going, and we’ll see what happens, but I’m not going to do anything with it.”

The second stage is scheduled for Nov. 7-10 in Spain. Final stage, where players earn either European Tour or Challenge Tour status, will be held Nov. 24-29 at PGA Catalunya Resort in Girona, Spain.

“If I can make it (to) the final stage, that’d be pretty good, but I wouldn’t accept (status),” Liu said. “I just want to see how everything goes under certain situations.”

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