Merritt medals at Q-School 25 earn 2010 cards

By Associated PressDecember 8, 2009, 2:12 am

PGA Tour (75x100)WEST PALM BEACH , Fla. – Troy Merritt shot a 3-under 69 on Monday to win PGA Tour Q-School despite making a double-bogey on the final hole.

Merritt, who has never played in a PGA Tour event, finished the six-round event at 22 under and one shot ahead of Tour veteran Jeff Maggert.

“Probably the most satisfying double-bogey I’ve ever made,” Merritt said.

Matt Jones (66) was third at 19 under, one shot ahead of Martin Flores (65) in the event where the top 25 finishers earned cards on the PGA Tour for 2010. Rickie Fowler made it comfortably, his final-round 70 leaving him tied for 15th.

Among the notables who did not qualify out of Q-School were major champions David Duval, Todd Hamilton and Shaun Micheel.

Merritt earned $50,000 for medalist honors. There was no formal ceremony, just a long line of relatives and well-wishers getting autographs and photos taken.

“The trophy is to get to play with the big boys next year,” Merritt said.

Five players began the final round outside the magical top-25 barrier and rallied to earn cards. David Lutterus shot the round of the day, an 8-under 64 to jump from tied for 28th to tied for eighth. Shane Bertsch made a bigger leap, shooting 65 to get him from 50th to 15th.

“It’s not a real comfortable week,” Bertsch said. “But I just kept plugging.”

Cameron Tringale moved 23 spots up to 19th, and Spencer Levin and Brent Delahoussaye also made final-round jumps to be among the 25 Q-School graduates. Chris Riley, a 2004 U.S. Ryder Cup member, also advanced.

Lutterus was 9 under through his first 14 holes of the final round, enjoying a strangely relaxing day on his way to going from having no status anywhere next season to having a PGA Tour card.

“My game just wasn’t quite there the first five rounds,” Lutterus said. “Just clicked today. I was actually enjoying it.”

Not everyone did.

The only score that mattered Monday was 9 under, the line between joining the PGA or Nationwide tours for 2010. Ken Duke missed a long birdie try on his final hole, missing by a shot. Two-time PGA Tour winner Tom Pernice Jr. drove into the water on the 18th, made double bogey and fell one shot shy.

Pernice won on the Champions Tour this year, meaning he already had a place to play in 2010.

“True, but I didn’t come here to not make it,” Pernice said. “Anybody that came here, they come here with the intent and feeling that you’re going to make it.”

Julien Trudeau didn’t know what to feel when he didn’t make it, one of eight players to finish at 8 under.

Trudeau’s friends raised $4,000 to send him to the final round of Q-School and cover the price tag of hotels, dinners and the rental car. He rewarded them by winning a Nationwide Tour card, but he waited for hours after his round ended to see if 8 under would be good enough, first sipping coffee in the locker room and then beer in the parking lot.

“One way or the other, I’m so happy to be here,” Trudeau said. “And so lucky.”

It’s not uncommon to see a final-hole meltdown at Q-School, and James Hahn won’t forget his 18th hole for some time.

Hahn was tied for 50th starting the final round Monday. A year ago, he was selling shoes at Nordstrom, scratching out a living as a “paycheck-to-paycheck player” and considered quitting golf for good.

His first 17 holes Monday were flawless, five birdies, no bogeys, putting him in position for the PGA Tour.

“I was talking a lot to myself on the last hole walking up, saying ‘If it’s my time, it’s my time,”’ Hahn said.

It wasn’t his time. He drove into the bunker on the last hole, got a perfect lie and hit his approach from 163 yards to about 65 feet.

A two-putt, he’s on Tour. His day ended four putts later.

The first putt was 10 feet short, his second missed by 2 feet, and Hahn lipped that one out for good measure.

“I’m not going to beat myself over the head about it,” Hahn said. “That’s golf.”

Hahn was fine. Delahoussaye could barely keep his composure, and he was one of the lucky ones.

Delahoussaye was planning a January honeymoon. Teary-eyed, he called his fiancee a few moments after finishing his 108th hole of the week, telling her that plans were changing. He’s on Tour now, and plans have to change since he’s got events to play in January.

“I’ve been trying for so long,” Delahoussaye said. “I’m pretty sure she’ll be all right with going to Hawaii instead.”

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Lexi (wrist) WDs from Diamond Resorts Invitational

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 15, 2017, 11:27 pm

Lexi Thompson on Friday withdrew from the Diamond Resorts Invitational, citing inflammation in her wrist. Thompson, who teamed with Tony Finau to finish tied for fourth place in last week's QBE Shootout, said she is under strict doctor's order not to hit golf balls until mid-January.

The Diamond Resorts Invitational is scheduled Jan. 12-14 at Tranquilo Golf Club in Orlando, Fla. The field for te 54-hole event includes LPGA and PGA Tour Champions players, as well as celebrities from the worlds or sports and entertainment.

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Rose leads Indonesian Masters; Snedeker WDs

By Associated PressDecember 15, 2017, 2:04 pm

JAKARTA, Indonesia - Justin Rose completed the final two holes of his second round early Saturday for a 3-under 69 and a one-stroke lead at the Indonesian Masters.

Rose, who had a first-round 62, was among a quarter of the field forced off the Royale Jakarta Golf Club course after weather delays on Friday.

The Englishman, who bogeyed his last hole, had a two-round total of 13-under 131.

Kiradech Aphibarnrat, who completed his 64 on Friday, was in second place.

Brandt Snedeker withdrew with apparent heat exhaustion on Friday on the 11th hole of the second round. Ranked 51st in the world, he flew to Jakarta looking to move inside the top 50 by the end of the year and ensure a spot in next year's Masters. He has been affected by a rib-sternum injury for most of the season.

Newsmaker of the Year: No. 2, Donald Trump

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 15, 2017, 1:00 pm

Even away from the White House, President Donald Trump generated plenty of headlines this year.

Trump’s first year in office didn’t dim his enthusiasm for the game, as he made splashy appearances at two big events, tweeted about golf to his more than 44 million followers, teed it up with some of the sport’s biggest stars, including Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy and Lexi Thompson, and fired a few eyebrow-raising scores. Logging more than 75 rounds since his inauguration, the 3-handicap has only bolstered his reputation as the best golfing president, particularly after his alleged 73 with Sen. Lindsey Graham.

None of his appearances created a bigger stir than when he attended the U.S. Women’s Open. Despite protests and calls for the USGA to move its premier women’s event from Trump Bedminster – the president reportedly threatened to sue – his weekend there went off without incident, as Trump watched the action and hosted players in his private box near the 15th green.


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Despite his controversial rhetoric on a variety of national issues, Trump has remained a staunch supporter of women’s golf, and he became the first sitting president to attend the U.S. Women’s Open.

An honorary chairman of the Presidents Cup, Trump also flew to Liberty National for the biennial team event, where he presented the trophy to the U.S. team and dedicated the victory to the hurricane victims in Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico.

In late November, amid tweets about the national anthem, Turkey, Egypt and Time Magazine, Trump announced that he was playing a round in South Florida with Woods and world No. 1 Dustin Johnson.

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