McEvoy Wins European Q-School

By Golf Channel NewsroomNovember 12, 2003, 5:00 pm
European TourRichard McEvoy claimed medalist honors in the 2003 European Tour Qualifying Tournament. He shot 28-under-par 400 ' a new Q-School record ' in the six-round final stage.
 
The 24-year-old Englishman was forced into Q-School after finishing 19th on the Challenge Tours (Europes developmental tour) money list.
 
This is his first professional victory.
 
I set a goal to win this week after missing out on the Challenge Tour, he said. Its been a great week and Im obviously pleased to shoot a great score as well.
 
The final stage was contested at Emporada Golf Club and Golf Platja de Pals in Spain. McEvoy shot 8-under 63 at Emporada in the fifth round, and closed in 67 on the same venue.
 
He finished three strokes clear of the runner-up, Australian Wade Ormsby.
 
Ill probably go and live with Adam (Scott) near Wentworth next year, Ormsby said. He is a great friend of mine, and someone I look up to. I think if I can get anywhere near to his standard on the tour then Ill be keeping my card.
 
Exactly 35 players earned their European Tour cards for next season, including four former tour winners. Warren Bennett (eighth), David Carter (17th), Jorge Berendt (24th) and Miguel Angel Martin (27th) will be back on the circuit in 2004.
 
The last available spot went to South African Desvonde Botes. Botes birdied the 108th and final hole to take solo 35th place.
 
European Tour Qualifying - Final Results
 
1   Richard MCEVOY        (Eng)   72 66 67 65 63 67 400
2 Wade ORMSBY (Aus) 70 63 69 66 69 66 403
3 Damien MCGRANE (Ire) 71 63 70 65 70 66 405
4 Jeppe HULDAHL (Den) 67 67 71 63 68 69 405
5 Matthew CORT (Eng) 68 67 72 69 64 66 406
6 Ben BANKS (Eng) 71 69 68 68 63 67 406
7 Nobuhito SATO (Jpn) 65 69 70 68 67 67 406
8 Warren BENNETT (Eng) 70 69 68 66 67 67 407
9 Terry PRICE (Aus) 68 67 68 69 68 67 407
10 Paul MARANTZ (Aus) 70 65 68 67 70 67 407
11 Daniel GAUNT (Aus) 65 71 69 65 66 71 407
12 Per NYMAN (Swe) 67 66 67 67 69 71 407
13 Steven O'HARA (Scot) 68 67 69 64 67 72 407
14 Francois DELAMONTAGNE (Fr) 68 63 70 65 69 72 407
15 David DIXON (Eng) 70 65 73 69 61 70 408
16 Chris GANE (Eng) 75 67 68 67 67 65 409
17 David CARTER (Eng) 67 71 68 68 68 67 409
18 Cesar MONASTERIO (Arg) 68 71 66 70 66 68 409
19 Mattias ELIASSON (Swe) 70 67 68 64 72 68 409
20 Alan MCLEAN (Scot) 71 67 70 65 67 69 409
21 Steven JEPPESEN (Swe) 65 69 69 69 68 69 409
22 Tom WHITEHOUSE (Eng) 67 63 70 69 71 69 409
23 Jean-Franois LUCQUIN (Fr) 68 66 70 71 64 70 409
24 Jorge BERENDT (Arg) 68 67 70 66 68 70 409
25 Marc PENDARIES (Fr) 73 69 68 69 67 64 410
26 Jesus Maria ARRUTI (Sp) 69 65 71 70 68 67 410
27 Miguel Angel MARTIN (Sp) 68 70 67 68 70 67 410
28 Fernando ROCA (Sp) 66 70 70 70 66 68 410
29 Craig SPENCE (Aus) 66 69 71 67 69 68 410
30 Mattias NILSSON (Swe) 70 70 66 66 70 68 410
31 Christopher HANELL (Swe) 65 69 67 71 69 69 410
32 Euan LITTLE (Scot) 72 69 67 72 66 65 411
33 Rob RASHELL (USA) 71 65 70 70 68 67 411
34 Louis OOSTHUIZEN (SA) 68 70 70 68 67 68 411
35 Desvonde BOTES (SA) 67 67 70 68 68 71 411
36 Gareth PADDISON (NZ) 71 69 67 68 67 70 412
37 Benoit TEILLERIA (Fr) 68 72 68 71 69 65 413
38 Stephen COLLINS (Aus) 71 70 67 72 67 66 413
39 Paul STREETER (Eng) 68 69 69 71 68 68 413
40 David DRYSDALE (Scot) 69 68 68 68 74 67 414
41 Russell CLAYDON (Eng) 68 70 69 68 71 68 414
42 Bruno-Teva LECUONA (Fr) 67 71 70 70 67 69 414
43 Andrew MCLARDY (SA) 71 67 67 72 67 70 414
44 Leif WESTERBERG (Swe) 74 67 70 67 71 66 415
45 Graeme STORM (Eng) 68 73 70 69 68 67 415
46 Benn BARHAM (Eng) 70 70 70 68 69 68 415
47 Mark SANDERS (Eng) 65 72 71 69 70 68 415
48 Simon EDWARDS (Wal) 68 75 67 66 71 68 415
49 Magnus PERSSON ATLEVI (Swe) 64 69 75 69 69 69 415
50 Graham GORDON (Scot) 71 64 72 71 67 70 415
51 Stuart DAVIS (Eng) 69 65 73 69 69 70 415
52 Johan KOK (SA) 72 67 71 64 71 70 415
53 Massimo FLORIOLI (It) 70 66 68 69 72 70 415
54 Carlos QUEVEDO (Sp) 69 66 69 71 69 71 415
55 Mikael LUNDBERG (Swe) 68 70 69 67 70 71 415
56 Henrik NYSTROM (Swe) 75 64 73 66 65 72 415
57 Matthew MORRIS (Eng) 70 75 66 68 63 73 415
58 Darren LENG (Eng) 70 72 70 68 70 66 416
59 Philip WALTON (Ire) 72 71 69 68 68 68 416
60 Fredrik HENGE (Swe) 70 68 70 69 68 71 416
61 Simon DYSON (Eng) 70 65 71 68 70 72 416
62 Daniel VANCSIK (Arg) 70 70 70 69 70 68 417
63 John MELLOR (Eng) 69 71 72 68 68 69 417
64 Andreas LJUNGGREN (Swe) 68 72 70 69 69 69 417
65 Shaun P WEBSTER (Eng) 71 68 69 69 71 69 417
66 Raphael PELLICIOLI (Fr) 71 70 68 70 68 70 417
67 Sarel SON-HOUI (Fr) 66 72 70 70 71 69 418
68 Adam CRAWFORD (Aus) 68 68 68 72 72 70 418
69 Sion E BEBB (Wal) 70 68 68 70 70 72 418
70 Brian AKSTRUP (Den) 72 69 70 67 75 66 419
71 Kyron SULLIVAN (Wal) 69 70 72 69 69 70 419
72 Peter GUSTAFSSON (Swe) 70 70 71 68 69 71 419
73 Murray URQUHART (Scot) 72 67 66 69 72 73 419
74 Richard BLAND (Eng) 69 74 67 69 71 70 420
75 Johan AXGREN (Swe) 67 69 73 68 68 75 420
76 Jan-Are LARSEN (Nor) 72 71 69 68 69 72 421
77 Michael KIRK (SA) 72 67 74 67 73 69 422
78 Alexandre BALICKI (Fr) 71 71 69 67 68 77 423
79 Van PHILLIPS (Eng) 73 70 69 68 73 72 425
80 Andr BOSSERT (Swi) 69 64 71 72 75 74 425
81 Jean Louis GUEPY (Fr) 70 70 70 70 70 75 425
 
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Hadwin returns to site of last year's 59

By Will GrayJanuary 17, 2018, 11:04 pm

Adam Hadwin had a career season last year, one that included shooting a 59 and winning a PGA Tour event. But those two achievements didn't occur in the same week.

While Hadwin's breakthrough victory came at the Valspar Championship in March, it was at the CareerBuilder Challenge in January when he first made headlines with a third-round 59 at La Quinta Country Club. Hadwin took a lead into the final round as a result, but he ultimately couldn't keep pace with Hudson Swafford.

He went on to earn a spot at the Tour Championship, and Hadwin made his first career Presidents Cup appearance in October. Now the Canadian returns to Palm Springs, eager to improve on last year's result and hoping to earn a spot in the final group for a third straight year after a T-6 finish in 2016.

"A lot of good memories here in the desert," Hadwin told reporters. "I feel very comfortable here, very at home. Lots of Canadians, so it's always fun to play well in front of those crowds and hopefully looking forward to another good week."

Hadwin's 59 last year was somewhat overshadowed, both by the fact that he didn't win the event and that it came just one week after Justin Thomas shot a 59 en route to victory at the Sony Open. But he's still among an exclusive club of just eight players to have broken 60 in competition on Tour and he's eager to get another crack at La Quinta on Saturday.

"If I'm in the same position on 18, I'm gunning for 58 this year," Hadwin said, "not playing safe for 59."

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Rahm: If I thought like Phil, I could not hit a shot

By Will GrayJanuary 17, 2018, 10:39 pm

When it comes to Jon Rahm and Phil Mickelson, there are plenty of common bonds. Both starred at Arizona State, both are now repped by the same agency and Rahm's former college coach and agent, Tim Mickelson, now serves full-time as his brother's caddie.

Those commonalities mean the two men have played plenty of practice rounds together, but the roads quickly diverge when it comes to on-course behavior. Rahm is quick, fiery and decisive; Mickelson is one of the most analytical players on Tour. And as Rahm told reporters Wednesday at the CareerBuilder Challenge, those differences won't end anytime soon.

"I don't need much. 'OK, it's like 120 (yards), this shot, right," Rahm said. "And then you have Phil, it's like, 'Oh, this shot, the moisture, this going on, this is like one mile an hour wind sideways, it's going to affect it one yard. This green is soft, this trajectory. They're thinking, and I'm like, 'I'm lost.' I'm like, 'God if I do that thought process, I could not hit a golf shot.'"


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The tactics may be more simplified, but Rahm can't argue with the results. While Mickelson is in the midst of a winless drought that is approaching five years, Rahm won three times around the world last year and will defend a PGA Tour title for the first time next week at Torrey Pines.

Both men are in the field this week in Palm Springs, where Mickelson will make his 2018 debut with what Rahm fully expects to be another dose of high-level analytics for the five-time major winner with his brother on the bag.

"It's funny, he gets to the green and then it's the same thing. He's very detail-oriented," Rahm said of Mickelson. "I'm there listening and I'm like, 'Man, I hope we're never paired together for anything because I can't think like this. I would not be able to play golf like that. But for me to listen to all that is really fun."

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DJ changes tune on golf ball distance debate

By Will GrayJanuary 17, 2018, 9:16 pm

World No. 1 Dustin Johnson is already one of the longest hitters in golf, so he's not looking for any changes to be made to golf ball technology - despite comments from him that hinted at just such a notion two months ago.

Johnson is in the Middle East this week for the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship, and he told BBC Sport Wednesday that he wouldn't be in favor of making changes to the golf ball in order to remedy some of the eye-popping distances players are hitting the ball with ever-increasing frequency.

"It's not like we are dominating golf courses," Johnson said. "When was the last time you saw someone make the game too easy? I don't really understand what all the debate is about because it doesn't matter how far it goes; it is about getting it in the hole."

Johnson's rhetorical question might be answered simply by looking back at his performance at the Sentry Tournament of Champions earlier this month, an eight-shot romp that featured a tee shot on the 433-yard 12th hole that bounded down a slope to within inches of the hole.

Johnson appeared much more willing to consider a reduced-distance ball option at the Hero World Challenge in November, when he sat next to tournament host Tiger Woods and supported Woods' notion that the ball should be addressed.

"I don't mind seeing every other professional sport, they play with one ball. All the pros play with the same ball," Johnson said. "In baseball, the guys that are bigger and stronger, they can hit a baseball a lot further than the smaller guys. ... I think there should be some kind of an advantage for guys who work on hitting it far and getting that speed that's needed, so having a ball, like the same ball that everyone plays, there's going to be, you're going to have more of an advantage."

Speaking Wednesday in Abu Dhabi, Johnson stood by the notion that regardless of whether the rules change or stay the same, he plans to have a leg up on the competition.

"If the ball is limited then it is going to limit everyone," he said. "I'm still going to hit it that much further than I guess the average Tour player."

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LPGA lists April date for new LA event

By Golf Channel DigitalJanuary 17, 2018, 8:18 pm

The LPGA’s return to Los Angeles will come with the new Hugel-JTBC Open being played at Wilshire Country Club April 19-22, the tour announced Wednesday.

When the LPGA originally released its schedule, it listed the Los Angeles event with the site to be announced at a later date.

The Hugel-JTBC Open will feature a 144-player field and a $1.5 million purse. It expands the tour’s West Coast swing, which will now be made up of four events in California in March and April.

The LPGA last played in Los Angeles in 2005. Wilshire Country Club hosted The Office Depot in 2001, with Annika Sorenstam winning there.