PGA Tour Q-School first stage: Pine Mountain, Ga.

By Golf Channel DigitalOctober 28, 2012, 2:00 pm

The first stage of PGA Tour Q-School is under way at Callaway Gardens-Mountain View Golf Course in Pine Mountain, Ga. The top 18 players and ties after four rounds will advance to the second stage.

   Pos  Player Scoring To Par Rounds Total
Total 1 2 3 4
1 David Skinns -19 67 67 67 68 269
2 Travis Hampshire -16 67 69 65 71 272
3 Andrew Georgiou -15 68 70 69 66 273
T4 Blayne Barber -14 67 71 70 66 274
T4 Adam Mitchell -14 70 69 67 68 274
6 Stuart Anderson -13 71 67 72 65 275
T7 Jin Park -12 72 69 70 65 276
T7 James White -12 71 68 67 70 276
T9 Wade Binfield -11 67 71 70 69 277
T9 Bobby MacWhinnie -11 69 67 69 72 277
T11 Wes Roach -10 68 72 70 68 278
T11 Ryan Armour -10 68 67 73 70 278
T11 Mark Silvers -10 67 66 72 73 278
T11 Bio Kim -10 69 66 70 73 278
T15 Jimmy Brandt -9 67 74 71 67 279
T15 Jonathan Randolph -9 70 71 72 66 279
T15 Peter Malnati -9 69 73 67 70 279
T15 Hunter Green -9 67 71 67 74 279
T19 Robert-Jan Derksen -8 74 68 70 68 280
T19 Jamie Arnold -8 71 70 70 69 280
T19 Corbin Mills -8 73 64 73 70 280
T19 Jonathan Moore -8 71 66 72 71 280
T19 Chesson Hadley -8 70 70 68 72 280
T19 Maarteen Lafeber -8 68 71 68 73 280
T25 Andrew Black -7 72 70 71 68 281
T25 Patton Kizzire -7 71 74 68 68 281
T25 Jeffery Cammon -7 71 75 67 68 281
T25 Jack Newman -7 67 75 69 70 281
T25 Rick Cochran -7 72 72 72 65 281
T25 Charlie Soule -7 74 68 68 71 281
T25 Justin Hueber -7 68 70 70 73 281
T32 Samuel DelValOnaderra -6 72 67 72 71 282
T32 Denny Lucas -6 71 68 72 71 282
T32 Eddie Lee -6 70 73 68 71 282
T35 Christian Ries -5 69 73 71 70 283
T35 Andrew Medley -5 70 69 72 72 283
T35 Andy Winings -5 69 71 71 72 283
T35 Chase Wright -5 73 72 69 69 283
T35 Mark Harrell -5 74 68 73 68 283
T35 Ray Beaufils -5 70 71 69 73 283
41 Thomas Smith -4 71 71 69 73 284
T42 Casey Johnson -3 68 68 76 73 285
T42 Chris Wolfe -3 72 70 71 72 285
T42 Matthew Nagy -3 72 73 68 72 285
T42 Daniel Creel -3 71 73 70 71 285
T42 Chris Erwin -3 70 68 72 75 285
T42 Michael Ballo -3 72 75 69 69 285
T42 Mitch Krywulycz -3 71 75 72 67 285
T49 Ryan Linton -2 69 70 72 75 286
T49 Brent Schwarzrock -2 76 69 69 72 286
T51 Jin Chung -1 71 68 73 75 287
T51 Andy Pope -1 68 74 72 73 287
T51 Glenn Northcutt -1 76 67 72 72 287
T51 Reed Darsie -1 73 73 70 71 287
T55 Casey Crain E 72 71 71 74 288
T55 George Bradford E 70 71 74 73 288
T55 Ned Michaels E 76 72 70 70 288
T58 Clinton Shepard +1 78 70 68 73 289
T58 Richard Stark +1 69 77 73 70 289
60 Tim Weinhart +2 70 74 74 72 290
61 William Golden +3 74 75 73 69 291
62 Matt Lawson +4 68 71 74 79 292
T63 Lucas Leibel +5 71 75 73 74 293
T63 Cole Willis +5 74 74 73 72 293
T63 Michael Lawrence +5 74 77 72 70 293
T66 Ted Smith +6 73 70 75 76 294
T66 Ricky Casko +6 75 76 73 70 294
68 Benjamin Fuquaa +10 76 74 71 77 298
69 Wade Holland +12 72 75 75 78 300
70 Walter Harris +14 69 77 79 77 302
71 Braxton Hunter +17 77 76 72 80 305
72 Clint Tolleson +22 76 78 77 79 310
73 Marcus Meloan +23 80 74 74 83 311
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WD Alfredo Garcia-Heredia +4 73 72 75   220
WD Jonathan Fricke +4 72 76     148
WD Kevin Foley            
WD Matthew Harmon            
WD Scott Harrington            
WD Jeff Karlsson            
WD Josh McCumber            
WD Rob Oppenheim            
WD Philip Pettitt            
WD Matthew Rosenfeld            
WD Philip Hendrickson            
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Cut Line: Color Rory unafraid of the Ryder Cup

By Rex HoggardJanuary 19, 2018, 7:09 pm

In this week’s edition, Rory McIlroy gets things rolling with some early Ryder Cup banter, Dustin Johnson changes his tune on a possible golf ball roll-back, and the PGA Tour rolls ahead with integrity training.


Made Cut

Paris or bust. Rory McIlroy, who made his 2018 debut this week on the European Tour, can be one of the game’s most affable athletes. He can also be pointed, particularly when discussing the Ryder Cup.

Asked this week in Abu Dhabi about the U.S. team, which won the last Ryder Cup and appears to be rejuvenated by a collection of new players, McIlroy didn’t disappoint.

“If you look at Hazeltine and how they set the course up – big, wide fairways, no rough, pins in the middle of greens – it wasn’t set up for the way the Europeans like to play,” McIlroy said. “I think Paris will be a completely different kettle of fish, so different.”

McIlroy has come by his confidence honestly, having won three of the four Ryder Cups he’s played, so it’s understandable if he doesn't feel like an underdog heaidng to Paris.

“The Americans have obviously been buoyant about their chances, but it’s never as easy as that,” he said. “The Ryder Cup is always close. It always comes down to a few key moments, and it will be no different in Paris. I think we’ll have a great team and it definitely won’t be as easy as they think it’s going to be.”

September can’t get here quick enough.

Mr. Spieth goes to Ponte Vedra Beach. The Tour announced this year’s player advisory council, the 16-member group that works with the circuit’s policy board to govern.

There were no real surprises to the PAC, but news that Jordan Spieth had been selected to run for council chair is interesting. Spieth, who is running against Billy Hurley III and would ascend to the policy board next year if he wins the election, served on the PAC last year and would make a fine addition to the policy board, but it is somewhat out of character for a marquee player.

In recent years, top players like Spieth have largely avoided the distractions that come with the PAC and policy board. Of course, we’ve also learned in recent years that Spieth is not your typical superstar.


Made Cut-Did Not Finish (MDF)

On second thought. In December at the Hero World Challenge, Dustin Johnson was asked about a possible golf ball roll-back, which has become an increasingly popular notion in recent years.

“I don't mind seeing every other professional sport. They play with one ball. All the pros play with the same ball,” he said in the Bahamas. “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.”

The world No. 1 appeared to dial back that take this week in Abu Dhabi, telling BBC Sport, “It's not like we are dominating golf courses. When was the last time you saw someone make the game too easy?”

Maybe it didn’t feel that way, but DJ’s eight-stroke romp two weeks ago at the Sentry Tournament of Champions certainly looked pretty easy.

Long odds. I had a chance to watch the Tour’s 15-minute integrity training video that players have been required view and came away with a mixture of confusion and concern.

The majority of the video, which includes a Q&A element, focuses on how to avoid match fixing. Although the circuit has made it clear there is no indication of current match fixing, it’s obviously something to keep an eye on.

The other element that’s worth pointing out is that although the Tour may be taking the new program seriously, some players are not.

“My agent watched [the training video] for me,” said one Tour pro last week at the Sony Open.


Missed Cut

Groundhog Day. To be fair, no one expected Patton Kizzire and James Hahn to need six playoff holes to decide last week’s Sony Open, but the episode does show why variety is the spice of life.

After finishing 72 holes tied at 17 under, Kizzire and Hahn played the 18th hole again and again and again and again. In total, the duo played the par-5 closing hole at Waialae Country Club five times (including in regulation play) on Sunday.

It’s worth noting that the playoff finally ended with Kizzire’s par at the sixth extra hole, which was the par-3 17th. Waialae’s 18th is a fine golf hole, but in this case familiarity really did breed contempt.

Tweet of the week:

It was a common theme last Saturday on Oahu after an island-wide text alert was issued warning of an inbound ballistic missile and advising citizens to “seek immediate shelter.”

The alert turned out to be a mistake, someone pushed the wrong button during a shift change, but for many, like Peterson, it was a serious lesson in perspective.

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Watch: McIlroy gives Fleetwood a birthday cake

By Golf Channel DigitalJanuary 19, 2018, 2:58 pm

Tommy Fleetwood turned 27 on Friday. He celebrated with some good golf – a 4-under 68 in Abu Dhabi, leaving him only two shots back in his title defense – and a birthday cake, courtesy of Rory Mcllroy.

While giving a post-round interview, Fleetwood was surprised to see McIlroy approaching with a cake in hand.

“I actually baked this before we teed off,” McIlroy joked.

Fleetwood blew out the three candles – “three wishes!” – and offered McIlroy a slice.  

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DJ shoots 64 to surge up leaderboard in Abu Dhabi

By Ryan LavnerJanuary 19, 2018, 1:48 pm

Dustin Johnson stood out among a star-studded three-ball that combined to shoot 18 under par with just one bogey Friday at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship.

Shaking off a sloppy first round at Abu Dhabi Golf Club, Johnson matched the low round of the day with a 64 that put him within four shots of Thomas Pieters’ lead.

“I did everything really well,” Johnson said. “It was a pretty easy 64.”

Johnson made four bogeys during an even-par 72 on Thursday and needed a solid round Friday to make the cut. Before long, he was closer to the lead than the cut line, making birdie on three of the last four holes and setting the pace in a group that also included good rounds from Rory McIlroy (66) and Tommy Fleetwood (68).

“Everyone was hitting good shots,” McIlroy said. “That’s all we were seeing, and it’s nice when you play in a group like that. You feed off one another.” 


Full-field scores from the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship


Coming off a blowout victory at Kapalua, Johnson is searching for his first regular European Tour title. He tied for second at this event a year ago.

Johnson’s second-round 64 equaled the low round of the day (Jorge Campillo and Branden Grace). 

“It was just really solid all day long,” Johnson said. “Hit a lot of great shots, had a lot of looks at birdies, which is what I need to do over the next two days if I want to have a chance to win on Sunday.” 

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Closing eagle moves Rory within 3 in Abu Dhabi

By Ryan LavnerJanuary 19, 2018, 12:57 pm

What rust? Rory McIlroy appears to be in midseason form.

Playing competitively for the first time since Oct. 8, McIlroy completed 36 holes without a bogey Friday, closing with an eagle to shoot 6-under 66 to sit just three shots back at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship.

“I’m right in the mix after two days and I’m really happy in that position,” he told reporters afterward.

McIlroy took a 3 ½-month break to heal his body, clear his mind and work on his game after his first winless year since 2008, his first full season as a pro.

He's back on track at a familiar playground, Abu Dhabi Golf Club, where he’s racked up eight top-11s (including six top-3s) in his past nine starts there.


Full-field scores from the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship


McIlroy opened with a 69 Thursday, then gave himself even more chances on Day 2, cruising along at 4 under for the day when he reached the par-5 closing hole. After launching a 249-yard long iron to 25 feet, he poured in the eagle putt to pull within three shots of Thomas Pieters (65). 

Despite the layoff, McIlroy edged world No. 1 Dustin Johnson, coming off a blowout victory at Kapalua, by a shot over the first two rounds. 

“DJ is definitely the No. 1 player in the world right now, and one of, if not the best, driver of the golf ball," McIlroy said. "To be up there with him over these first two days, it proves to me that I’m doing the right things and gives me a lot of confidence going forward.”