LA QUINTA, CALIFORNIA | It might be the last
time that the PGA Tour Qualifying Tournament
creates this much drama but the 27 players
who earned playing privileges on Tour next year
are more than happy that the current system is
It’s likely that in 2013, players who reach the
Tour will have done so through a three-tournament series at the end of the season and that
Q-School will award Nationwide Tour cards only
(see page 5).
If that’s the case, there will be no more
stories like Brendon Todd or Harris English or
Richard H. Lee in what the players affection-
ately call the “Fall Classic.”
Todd was the medalist at the Qualifying
Tournament, held at PGA West, shooting a
4-under 68 in the sixth and final round to win
the event and $50,000, which was almost as
much money as he made all season on the
Nationwide Tour. Todd made only 10 cuts in 24
events this year and was 84th on the money list.
Todd, who was on the PGA Tour in 2009 and
failed to keep his card, posted all six rounds under par in recording 17-under 415 for 108 holes
to beat Stephen Gangluff by one at the Nicklaus
Tournament course at PGA West. Gangluff won
$40,000 for his runner-up finish.
English, who will be a rookie on the PGA
Tour, advanced through Q-School in his first
try, which players will not be able to do under
the new proposed system. English, who tied for
13th, is a University of Georgia product, as is
Todd. English won on the Nationwide Tour as an
amateur over the summer.
Lee was the only player who earned his card
while playing in the half of the field that was on
the Stadium Course at PGA West. Lee, who will
be a rookie on Tour in 2012, made an eagle and
three birdies on his last five holes – including
birdies on his final two holes – to finish in the
top 25 by a shot at 9 under.
Bobby Gates, who finished 126th on the PGA
Tour money list this year, tied for third at 15-un-
der 417 with 20-year-old Korean Seung-yul Noh.
Gates shot 66 in the final round and Noh posted
67. Noh has won on the European Tour and
Asian Tour and will be a rookie on the PGA Tour.
The magic number was 8 under and a total
of 27 cards were awarded. Roberto Castro and
Mark Anderson were among the top 25 but
didn’t count toward the total because they had
already qualified by finishing in the top 25 of the
Nationwide Tour this year.
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