The PGA Tour Q-School is a scene of heartbreak and triumph each year. James Nitties finished second to get his card last year and Y.E. Yang manged to slip in the top 25 to get his card. Already pre-qualification and the first and second qualifying stages have been held which have seen many players miss their chance at the big time.
Only last weekend Australians Brad Kennedy and Jarrod Lyle missed their spot in the final qualification event by a single shot. Kennedy had three consecutive bogeys in his final nine holes and Lyle bogeyed the last hole to see them both blow their chances.
They weren’t the only Australians to miss out. Peter Lonard has lost his PGA tour card and failed to qualify and Stephen Leaney is now in the golfing wilderness after he too missed out on final qualification. It only seemed a short time ago when he was leading the US Open.
The final stage of qualifying will see 171 golfers play 108 holes of golf (six rounds) next week to try and finish in the top 25. If they do, they get a berth on the PGA Tour. Of these 171 there are 12 Australians:
|Jamie Arnold||Woo Jon Lee|
|Adam Bland||David Lutterus|
|Andrew Buckle||Alistair Presnall|
|Gavin Coles||Aron Price|
|Mark Hensby||Ewan Porter|
|Bronson La Cassie||Ray Beaufils (a)|
I notice green fees and practice balls are included with their entry fee into the tournament which is nice. These guys need all the help they can get, many careers depend upon it.