PGA Tour Q-School first stage: Palm Desert, Calif.

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

The first stage of PGA Tour Q-School is under way at the Classic Club in Palm Desert, Calif. The top 18 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
1 Trevor Murphy -17 69 67 67 68 271
2 Donald Constable -13 70 67 68 70 275
T3 Brandon Crick -12 71 71 70 64 276
T3 Bhavik Patel -12 69 67 73 67 276
T5 Todd Demsey -11 70 71 69 67 277
T5 David Bradshaw -11 66 73 67 71 277
T5 John Hurley -11 67 69 68 73 277
T8 Steve Schneiter -10 72 66 70 70 278
T8 Jesse Schutte -10 69 69 70 70 278
T8 Brad Hopfinger -10 66 71 69 72 278
T11 Andrew Perez -9 66 73 69 71 279
T11 Jeremiah Wooding -9 68 70 69 72 279
13 Eric Meierdierks -7 67 72 71 71 281
T14 Scott Pinckney -6 71 74 68 69 282
T14 Christopher Evans -6 72 71 67 72 282
T16 Devin Spies -5 69 70 76 68 283
T16 Todd Baek -5 70 73 71 69 283
T16 Geoff Gonzalez -5 68 72 72 71 283
T16 Alex Kang -5 69 69 70 75 283
T16 Won Joon Lee -5 72 69 67 75 283
T21 Matthew Hoffenberg -4 71 76 70 67 284
T21 Andrew Gunson -4 72 73 66 73 284
T23 Chris Anderson -3 72 70 74 69 285
T23 Mike Plate -3 73 74 67 71 285
T23 Kendall Critchfield -3 68 70 73 74 285
T23 Andre Metzger -3 73 69 68 75 285
T27 James Allenby -2 75 73 70 68 286
T27 Gavin Flint -2 75 71 70 70 286
T27 Devin Daniels -2 69 73 73 71 286
T27 Justin Itzen -2 70 71 74 71 286
T27 Tyler Hall -2 70 71 71 74 286
T32 Dave Schultz -1 69 73 76 69 287
T32 Vince India -1 76 72 70 69 287
T32 Patrick Strandemo -1 71 70 73 73 287
T32 Ben Fox -1 69 66 78 74 287
36 James Drew E 72 71 74 71 288
T37 Zahkai Brown +1 69 73 75 72 289
T37 Chris Killmer +1 71 77 71 70 289
T37 Mark Baker +1 73 76 70 70 289
T40 Jong Yoon +2 72 69 74 75 290
T40 Michael Wog +2 75 70 75 70 290
T42 Danny Sahl +3 71 77 71 72 291
T42 Nick Dougherty +3 72 75 73 71 291
T44 Michael Drake +4 73 71 75 73 292
T44 Tyler Weir +4 73 75 72 72 292
T44 Jerry Chen +4 73 77 72 70 292
T47 Bryan Hogan +5 72 72 74 75 293
T47 Chris Wall +5 74 72 72 75 293
T47 David McDaniel +5 71 72 76 74 293
T47 Matt Melrose +5 74 73 73 73 293
T47 Tyler Mancini +5 76 74 70 73 293
T52 Louis-Pierre Godin +6 71 78 72 73 294
T52 Cavin McCall +6 77 72 72 73 294
T52 Joseph Harrison +6 74 72 76 72 294
T52 Jeffrey Burton +6 71 72 79 72 294
T52 Tom Glissmeyer +6 74 75 74 71 294
T52 Grant Leaver +6 73 75 76 70 294
T58 Ryan Heisey +7 72 75 71 77 295
T58 John Balfanz +7 70 77 74 74 295
T58 Jihoon Kim +7 74 76 71 74 295
61 Lindsay Wilson +9 75 69 70 83 297
T62 Samuel Chien +10 74 72 77 75 298
T62 Alexander Theodore +10 78 75 72 73 298
T64 Kent Eger +12 70 79 72 79 300
T64 Aaron Choi +12 78 73 74 75 300
T66 Phil Telliard +13 75 73 75 78 301
T66 Michael Coatman +13 75 73 76 77 301
T66 Timothy Bordeaux +13 78 74 74 75 301
T66 Wes Payne +13 72 79 77 73 301
70 Matt Edwards +15 78 75 76 74 303
71 James Shindler +16 77 80 72 75 304
72 Travis Reid +17 81 73 76 75 305
73 Samuel Chavez +20 78 75 77 78 308
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WD Matt Daniel +4 71 73 76   220
WD Jake Younan-Wise +5 73 77 71   221
WD Matt Johnston            
WD Sung Kim            
WD Kyle Souza            
WD Scott Travers            
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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.