PGA Tour Q-School first stage: Lakeland, Fla.

By Golf Channel DigitalOctober 20, 2012, 1:00 pm

The first stage of PGA Tour Q-School is under way at Grasslands Golf & Country Club in Lakeland, Fla. The top 19 players and ties players after four rounds will advance to the second stage.

   Pos  Player Scoring To Par Rounds Total
Total 1 2 3 4
T1 Sihwan Kim -20 64 65 68 71 268
T1 Brandon Brown -20 69 66 66 67 268
3 Brooks Koepka -17 70 66 67 68 271
T4 Willie Mack III -16 68 68 71 65 272
T4 Connor Arendell -16 66 72 66 68 272
T4 Brian Rowell -16 72 67 64 69 272
T7 Justin McCarraher -15 74 68 63 68 273
T7 David Byrne -15 67 68 68 70 273
T7 Randall Hutchison -15 68 66 69 70 273
T10 Mike Capone -14 65 75 68 66 274
T10 James Vargas -14 68 71 67 68 274
T10 Wesley Graham -14 68 70 66 70 274
T10 Scott Berliner -14 68 69 67 70 274
T10 Brian Maurer -14 68 65 70 71 274
T10 Kent Bulle -14 66 69 67 72 274
16 Mark Blakefield -13 63 74 68 70 275
T17 Joe Monte -12 71 74 68 63 276
T17 Sebastian Mark -12 67 67 71 71 276
T17 Justin Martinson -12 67 65 68 76 276
T20 Colin Biles -11 66 72 72 67 277
T20 Daniel Stone -11 71 67 69 70 277
T20 Santiago Rivas -11 70 68 68 71 277
T20 Brad Schneider -11 69 68 69 71 277
T24 Ryan Nelson -10 74 69 67 68 278
T24 David Schuster -10 70 72 68 68 278
T24 Jeff Corr -10 74 67 69 68 278
T24 Richard Swift -10 67 71 70 70 278
T24 Victor Ciesielski -10 73 67 68 70 278
T24 Samuel Walker -10 69 74 64 71 278
T30 Brad Brunner -9 67 68 75 69 279
T30 Danny Evelyn -9 73 69 65 72 279
T32 Tim Turpen -8 72 68 70 70 280
T32 Robert Rohanna -8 68 72 73 67 280
T34 James Horne -7 71 72 67 71 281
T34 Craig Hicks -7 69 72 70 70 281
T34 Mike Stern -7 71 67 72 71 281
T34 Immu Korvenmaa -7 67 72 72 70 281
T34 Joey Lamielle -7 71 70 71 69 281
T34 Seth Fair -7 72 70 70 69 281
T34 Gyles Robin -7 68 71 69 73 281
T34 Brian Richey -7 73 70 69 69 281
T34 Kurt Valley -7 72 69 72 68 281
T34 Chad Wilfong -7 67 72 68 74 281
T34 Cory Fulford -7 66 72 69 74 281
T34 Jesse Smith -7 74 73 67 67 281
T46 Anthony Aruta -6 69 70 71 72 282
T46 Brett Munson -6 69 68 74 71 282
T46 Andrew Johnson -6 73 69 70 70 282
T46 Travis Perkins -6 69 75 71 67 282
T50 Brandon Lee -5 73 68 70 72 283
T50 Kevin Roy -5 68 69 72 74 283
T50 Brian Anderson -5 72 64 71 76 283
T53 Matt Cooney -4 71 71 70 72 284
T53 Chas Narramore -4 71 70 68 75 284
T53 Tim Ailes -4 68 77 70 69 284
T56 Christopher Ross -3 70 73 70 72 285
T56 Matthew Borchert -3 73 73 71 68 285
T58 David Branshaw -2 71 69 73 73 286
T58 Phillip Choi -2 70 72 74 70 286
T58 David Lawrence -2 72 71 73 70 286
T58 Brien Davis -2 72 75 69 70 286
T62 Shawn Warren -1 72 67 73 75 287
T62 Aaron Sherry -1 73 69 72 73 287
T62 Doug Ferris -1 72 70 73 72 287
T62 Chris Brant -1 71 69 76 71 287
T66 Ben Hartman E 71 77 67 73 288
T66 Adrien Mork E 73 74 70 71 288
T66 Johnny DelPrete E 74 77 66 71 288
T66 Chris Kennedy E 71 71 77 69 288
70 Chris Damiano +1 74 74 71 70 289
T71 Jesse Hutchins +3 71 75 68 77 291
T71 Brian Ward +3 72 71 75 73 291
T73 Stephen Grant +4 73 74 71 74 292
T73 Sal Spallone +4 77 71 74 70 292
75 Matthew Thompson +6 75 76 76 67 294
76 Derek Rende +10 72 71 76 79 298
77 Brent Martin +16 78 69 77 80 304
78 Jimmy Oh +19 78 73 70 86 307
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WD Sam Saunders            
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DJ: Kapalua win means nothing for Abu Dhabi

By Associated PressJanuary 17, 2018, 2:55 pm

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates – Dustin Johnson's recent victory in Hawaii doesn't mean much when it comes to this week's tournament.

The top-ranked American will play at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship for the second straight year. But this time he is coming off a victory at the Sentry Tournament of Champions, which he won by eight shots.

''That was two weeks ago. So it really doesn't matter what I did there,'' said Johnson, who finished runner-up to Tommy Fleetwood in Abu Dhabi last year. ''This is a completely new week and everybody starts at even par and so I've got to start over again.''

In 2017, the long-hitting Johnson put himself in contention despite only making one eagle and no birdies on the four par-5s over the first three rounds.

''The par 5s here, they are not real easy because they are fairly long, but dependent on the wind, I can reach them if I hit good tee balls,'' the 2016 U.S. Open champion said. ''Obviously, I'd like to play them a little better this year.''

The tournament will see the return of Paul Casey as a full member of the European Tour after being away for three years.

''It's really cool to be back. What do they say, absence makes the heart grow fonder? Quite cheesy, but no, really, really cool,'' said the 40-year-old Englishman, who is now ranked 14th in the world. ''When I was back at the Open Championship at Birkdale, just the reception there, playing in front of a home crowd, I knew this is something I just miss.''

The Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship starts Thursday and also features former No. 1 Rory McIlroy, who is making a comeback after more than three months off.

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Kuchar joins European Tour as affiliate member

By Will GrayJanuary 17, 2018, 2:52 pm

Months after he nearly captured the claret jug, Matt Kuchar has made plans to play a bit more golf in Europe in 2018.

Kuchar is in the field this week at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship, and he told reporters in advance of the opening round that he has opted to join the European Tour as an affiliate member:

As an affiliate member, Kuchar will not have a required minimum number of starts to make. It's the same membership status claimed last year by Kevin Na and Jon Rahm, the latter of whom then became a full member and won two European Tour events in 2017.

Kuchar made six European Tour starts last year, including his runner-up performance at The Open. He finished T-4 at the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open in his lone European Tour start that wasn't co-sanctioned by the PGA Tour.

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Hot Seat: Rory jumps into the fire early

By Randall MellJanuary 17, 2018, 2:11 pm

The world’s top tours head to desert regions this week, perfect locales for The Hot Seat, the gauge upon which we measure the level of heat the game’s top personalities are facing ...

Sahara sizzle: Rory McIlroy

McIlroy won’t have to look far to see how his form measures up to world No. 1 Dustin Johnson at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship.

McIlroy will make his 2018 debut with Johnson in his face, literally.

McIlroy will be grouped with Johnson and Tommy Fleetwood in the first two rounds.

Players like to downplay pairings early in a tournament, but it’s hard to believe McIlroy and Johnson won’t be trying to send each other messages in this European Tour event in the United Arab Emirates. That’s the alpha-dog nature of world-class players looking to protect their turf, or in the case of McIlroy, take back his turf.

“When you are at the elite level, you are always trying to send a message,” Trevor Immelman said about pairings during Tiger Woods’ return at the Hero World Challenge last month.

And that was an offseason event.

“They want to show this guy, ‘This is what I got,’” Immelman said.

As early season matchups go, Abu Dhabi is a heavyweight pairing that ought to be fun.

So there will be no easing into the new year for McIlroy after taking off the last three months to regroup from the stubborn rib injury that plagued him last season. He is coming off a winless year, and he will be doing so alongside a guy who just won the first PGA Tour event of 2018 in an eight-shot rout. Johnson’s victory in Hawaii two weeks ago was his fifth since McIlroy last won.

“Mentally, I wasn’t in a great place, and that was because of where I was physically,” McIlroy said of 2017. “I feel prepared now. I feel ready, and I feel ready to challenge. I feel really good about where I’m at with my health. I’ve put all that behind me, which has been great.”



Sonoran Smolder: Phil Mickelson

Mickelson will turn 48 this summer.

His world ranking is sliding, down to No. 43 now, which is the lowest he has ranked in 24 years.

It’s been more than four years since he last won, making him 0 for his last 92 starts.

There’s motivation in all of that for Mickelson. He makes his 2018 debut at the CareerBuilder Challenge in the Palm Springs area this week talking like a man on a renewed mission.

There’s a Ryder Cup team to make this season, which would be his 12th straight, and there’s a career Grand Slam to claim, with the U.S. Open returning to Shinnecock Hills, where Mickelson finished second in ’04.

While Mickelson may not feel old, there are so many young stars standing in his way that it’s hard not to be constantly reminded that time isn’t on his side in these events anymore.

There has only been one player in the history of the game to win a major championship who was older than Mickelson is right now. Julius Boros won the PGA Championship when he was 48 back in 1968.



Campaign fever: Jordan Spieth

Spieth’s respect in the game’s ranks extends outside the ropes.

He was just selected to run for the PGA Tour Player Advisory Council’s chairman position. He is facing Billy Hurley III in an election to see who will succeed Davis Love III on the Tour’s Policy Board next year.

Spieth, just 24, has already made Time Magazine’s list of the “100 Most Influential People.” He made that back in 2016, with the magazine writing that “he exemplifies everything that’s great about sports.” Sounds like a campaign slogan.

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CareerBuilder Challenge: Tee times, TV schedule, stats

By Golf Channel DigitalJanuary 17, 2018, 1:10 pm

The PGA Tour shifts from Hawaii to Southern California for the second full-field event of the year. Here are the key stats and information for the CareerBuilder Challenge. Click here for full-field tee times.

How to watch (all rounds on Golf Channel):

Thursday, Rd. 1: 3-7PM ET; live stream: http://www.golfchannel.com/pgastream

Friday, Rd. 2: 3-7PM ET; live stream: http://www.golfchannel.com/pgastream

Saturday, Rd. 3: 3-7PM ET; live stream: http://www.golfchannel.com/pgastream

Sunday, Rd. 4: 3-7PM ET; live stream: http://www.golfchannel.com/pgastream


Purse: $5.9 million ($1,062,000 to winner)

Courses: PGA West, Stadium Course, La Quinta, Calif. (72-7,113); PGA West, Nicklaus Tournament Course, La Quinta, Calif. (72-7,159); La Quinta Country Club, La Quinta, Calif. (72-7,060) NOTE: All three courses will be used for the first three rounds but only the Stadium Course will be used for the final round.

Defending champion: Hudson Swafford (-20) - defeated Adam Hadwin by one stroke to earn his first PGA Tour win.


Notables in the field

Phil Mickelson

* This is his first start of 2018. It's the fourth consecutive year he has made this event the first one on his yearly calendar.

* For the second year in a row he will serve as the tournament's official ambassador.

* He has won this event twice - in 2002 and 2004.

* This will be his 97th worldwide start since his most recent win, The Open in 2013.


Jon Rahm

* Ranked No. 3 in the world, he finished runner-up in the Sentry Tournament of Champions.

* In 37 worldwide starts as a pro, he has 14 top-5 finishes.

* Last year he finished T-34 in this event.


Adam Hadwin

* Last year in the third round, he shot 59 at La Quinta Country Club. It was the ninth - and still most recent - sub-60 round on Tour.

* In his only start of 2018, the Canadian finished 32nd in the Sentry Tournament of Champions.


Brian Harman

* Only player on the PGA Tour with five top-10 finishes this season.

* Ranks fifth in greens in regulation this season.

* Finished third in the Sentry Tournament of Champions and T-4 in the Sony Open in Hawaii.


Brandt Snedeker

* Making only his third worldwide start since last June at the Travelers Championship. He has been recovering from a chest injury.

* This is his first start since he withdrew from the Indonesian Masters in December because of heat exhaustion.

* Hasn't played in this event since missing the cut in 2015.


Patrick Reed

* Earned his first career victory in this event in 2014, shooting three consecutive rounds of 63.

* This is his first start of 2018.

* Last season finished seventh in strokes gained: putting, the best ranking of his career.

(Stats provided by the Golf Channel editorial research unit.)