Q-School: Player-by-player look at 26 graduates

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LA QUINTA, Calif. -- After 108 holes and 172 players competing for a chance to play on the PGA Tour, only these 26 players were left standing on Monday at PGA West's Stadium Course.

In the last Q-School that will feed the players directly onto the main tour, the leaderboard had an international feel to it, with Dong-Hwan Lee winning it all and European Tour winner Ross Fisher finishing in a tie for second.

Here is a player-by-player breakdown of the players that received their cards on Monday:

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Dong-Hwan Lee

Home: Korea, Age: 25, College: N/A, Golfweek/Sagarin ranking: 240

Lee’s pro career was interrupted by two years of military service (2009-10), but is back on track. Countryman K.J. Choi told Lee he “hits it like a girl,” but Lee is known for a stellar short game.

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Ross Fisher

England, 32, N/A, 102

His decision to skip the European Tour finale in Dubai to stay fresh for this week was the right one. Said he’ll start season at lucrative Middle East events before playing PGA Tour.

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Steve LeBrun

West Palm Beach, Fla., 34, Florida Atlantic, 274

Earned his first PGA Tour card after finishing 56th on this year’s Web.com Tour money list. Was 25th on that tour in greens in regulation.

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Richard H. Lee

Chicago, 25, Washington, 242

Got better as rookie season of 2011 progressed. Hiring one of LPGA’s top caddies, David Brooker (Lorena Ochoa, Suzann Pettersen), seemed to help.

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Billy Horschel

Grant, Fla., 25, Florida, 120

Horschel graduates Q-School for third time in four tries. Was steady this year (15 of 17 cuts made), but had just one top 10. Good ball-striker who’s putter needs improving.

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Kris Blanks

Warner Robins, Ga., 40, Huntingdon College, 263

Blanks was seeking a medical extension after a shoulder injury didn’t allow him to play PGA Tour event after July. Gaining a Tour card provides security.

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Erik Compton

Miami, 33, Georgia, 259

Two-time heart transplant recipient was a PGA Tour rookie in 2012, but had just one top-25 finish. He was 154th in greens in regulation (62.4%) and 138th in driving accuracy (58.3%).

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Brad Fritsch

Canada, 35, Campbell, 261

Already earned his first PGA Tour card by finishing 18th on Web.com Tour money list. Was 12th on that tour in greens in regulation.

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Jin Park

Korea, 33, Arizona State, 572

Returns to the PGA Tour for the first time since 2008, his only full season on the PGA Tour. Park has just one top 25 in 39 career starts on the PGA Tour.

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Fabian Gomez

Argentina, 34, N/A, 338

Was a PGA Tour rookie in 2011, but finished 157th on the money list. Driving accuracy (109th on this year’s Web.com Tour) could use some improvement to keep him on the PGA Tour.

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Michael Letzig

Richmond, Mo., 32, New Mexico, 400

Finished in the top 100 on the PGA Tour money list in 2008 and 2009, but hasn’t had full status since. He finished 58th on the Web.com Tour money list this season.

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Jeff Gove

Seattle, 41, Pepperdine, 491

The veteran has kept his card just once in five previous PGA Tour seasons. He was 27th on the Web.com Tour in greens in regulation this year, but 119th in putting.

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Steven Bowditch

Australia, 29, N/A, 520

The long-hitting Australian made just five of 18 cuts on the PGA Tour in 2012. Rebounded from a first-round 73 at Q-School. Two-time Web.com Tour winner has never finished in the top 125 on the money list in three PGA Tour seasons, making just 23 cuts in 75 career starts.

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Matt Jones

Australia, 32, Arizona State, 438

He made just eight of 19 cuts on the PGA Tour, with only one top 10. The reason? He was 166th in driving accuracy and 132nd in strokes gained-putting.

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Robert Karlsson

Sweden, 43, N/A, 177

Karlsson saw it all this year, playing the Masters and also Q-School’s second stage. Seems to have recovered from swing yips which led to his withdrawal from the Open Championship.

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Eric Meierdierks

Chicago, 27, Michigan State, N/R

He’s the type of player most impacted by the Q-School changes. He came straight off the Gateway Tour, where he finished second on the money list, to earn a PGA Tour card. Has one career PGA Tour start.

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Scott Langley

Manchester, Mo., 23, Illinois, NR

The 2010 NCAA champ rebuilt his game after missing by a wide margin at the second stage of 2011 Q-School. Made the cut at this year’s U.S. Open.

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Aaron Watkins

Winter Park, Fla., 30, Kansas State, 349

Impressive 15th-place finish at this year’s U.S. Open. Finished 178th on the money list in his only other PGA Tour season (2009).

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Derek Ernst

Clovis, Calif., 22, UNLV, N/R

Ernst, runner-up at the 2011 U.S. Amateur Public Links, advanced out of all four Q-School stages to earn a PGA Tour card. Is partially blind in his right eye after childhood accident. Turned pro after this year’s U.S. Amateur, then Monday qualified for the Frys.com Open (T-41).

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Si Woo Kim

Korea, 17, NA, NR

He’s younger than Ty Tryon was when Tryon earned his PGA Tour card. Kim won’t be able to use the status he earned here until his 18th birthday June 28.

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Tag Ridings

Oklahoma City, 38, Arkansas, 229

Veteran finished 48th on this year’s Web.com Tour money list after losing his PGA Tour card in 2011. Was fifth on the Web.com Tour in driving distance (313.7 yards) and 36th in greens in regulation (69.8 percent).

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Donald Constable

Wayzata, Minn., 23, Minnesota, NR

The lefty turned pro after this year’s U.S. Amateur, then navigated all four Q-School stages to earn his card. Held his own playing in same groups as Camilo Villegas, Erik Compton, Ross Fisher and Robert Karlsson this week.

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Bobby Gates

Gainesville, Fla., 26, Texas A&M, 298

Long hitter regains his PGA Tour card at Q-School for a second consecutive year.

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Patrick Reed

San Antonio, 22, Augusta State, 197

The former Augusta State standout is getting married Dec. 21, then heading on his honeymoon Dec. 28-Jan. 5. He Monday qualified six times in 2012, and used that mindset for Q-School success.

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Henrik Norlander

Sweden, 25, Augusta State, NR

Reed’s former Augusta State teammate has strong ballstriking skills. His success hinges on his putter. Had former Augusta State coach Josh Gregory on the bag. Holed a 6-foot par putt on the final hole to get his card.

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Chez Reavie

Wichita, Kan., 31, Arizona State, 217

Was just the second player since the FedEx Cup’s creation to go from the Tour Championship to Q-School finals the following year. Short, but straight, hitter. The biggest problem? He was 144th in strokes gained-putting.

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