Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Schools Out!

Puma clad phenom Ricky Fowler earns his first PGA Tour Card
This week on Goldie Bounce Golf, PGA.com Interactive Producer TJ Auclair joined me for the wrap up of this year's PGA Tour Qualifying Tournament! Each year this grueling event produces 25 card carrying members for the following PGA Tour season. These Rookies may have battled through as many as 4 stages of competition (6 back to back rounds of play in each stage) in order to punch their ticket to the dance. All the effort pays off for most everyone gets a prize for completing the final stage. After the 25 PGA Tour Cards are handed out, the next 50 players and ties receive full exempt status on the Nationwide Tour with the rest of the field receiving versions of conditional status on the Nationwide Tour. It has been noted that the PGA Tour Qualifying Tournament is one of/if not the toughest sporting event in the world and this system for qualifying to play on the PGA Tour dates back to 1965! As anything, there are exceptions to the rule for not every graduate is a rookie, this year Jeff Maggert earned his card marking this his 20th consecutive year on tour, having played in over 500 career tour events! Quite the contrary was Medalist Troy Merrit who shot a score of 22 under to cinch the win by one shot over veteran Jeff Maggert! FYI Troy has never even played in a PGA Tour Event! Go figure! To view the full leaderboard go to www.pgatour.com/qschool

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