PGA Tour Q-School second stage: Murrieta, Calif.

By Golf Channel DigitalNovember 18, 2012, 3:30 pm

The second stage of PGA Tour Q-School is under way at Bear Creek Golf Club in Murrieta, Calif. The top 19 finishers and ties will advance to the final stage, Nov. 28-Dec. 3 at PGA West in La Quinta, Calif.

   Pos  Player Scoring To Par Rounds Total
Total 1 2 3 4
1 Si Kim -19 70 61 67 71 269
2 Bhavik Patel -18 69 67 68 66 270
3 Dae-Hyun Kim -12 70 70 70 66 276
T4 Danny Lee -10 65 73 69 71 278
T4 Brian Prouty -10 68 74 64 72 278
T6 Dean Wilson -8 67 70 70 73 280
T6 Mitch Evanecz -8 66 72 69 73 280
T8 Tom Pernice -7 73 69 72 67 281
T8 Patrick Cantlay -7 70 71 71 69 281
T8 D.H. Lee -7 73 66 71 71 281
T8 Steve Allan -7 69 72 69 71 281
T8 Chesson Hadley -7 68 67 71 75 281
T13 Todd Demsey -6 67 68 78 69 282
T13 Bryden MacPherson -6 75 68 69 70 282
T13 Jeff Gove -6 72 71 68 71 282
T13 Zack Miller -6 70 67 69 76 282
T17 David Lipsky -5 75 69 72 67 283
T17 Jeremiah Wooding -5 73 72 67 71 283
T17 Luke Hickmott -5 71 72 69 71 283
T17 Romain Wattel -5 72 67 71 73 283
T17 Dusty Fielding -5 73 68 69 73 283
T17 Derek Ernst -5 68 72 70 73 283
T23 Duffy Waldorf -4 72 72 72 68 284
T23 Steven Alker -4 75 67 70 72 284
T23 Danny Wax -4 75 66 70 73 284
T26 Seong Lee -3 74 73 68 70 285
T26 Chris Kamin -3 75 71 70 69 285
T26 K.T. Kim -3 68 74 72 71 285
T26 Stuart Anderson -3 72 71 75 67 285
T26 Rikard Karlberg -3 69 73 70 73 285
T26 Samuel Cyr -3 74 75 71 65 285
T32 Tommy Medina -2 70 74 72 70 286
T32 Steve Friesen -2 75 69 70 72 286
T32 Tyrone Van Aswegen -2 68 75 71 72 286
T32 Nathan Tyler -2 70 74 67 75 286
36 Ryan Hogue -1 70 68 77 72 287
T37 Benoit Beisser E 73 71 71 73 288
T37 David Bradshaw E 73 70 72 73 288
T37 Trevor Murphy E 73 73 70 72 288
T37 Nick Delio E 72 69 72 75 288
T37 Corey Prugh E 66 77 70 75 288
42 Garrett Sapp +1 71 71 72 75 289
T43 Tim Sluiter +2 71 70 72 77 290
T43 Peter Karmis +2 66 74 73 77 290
T43 Seung-su Han +2 72 74 74 70 290
T46 Nick Taylor +3 71 67 76 77 291
T46 Alex Coe +3 75 73 70 73 291
T48 Nick Cullen +4 76 72 72 72 292
T48 Ryan Dillon +4 73 81 70 68 292
T50 Brad Hopfinger +5 72 72 73 76 293
T50 Maxwell Scodro +5 76 71 71 75 293
T50 Troy Merritt +5 71 74 74 74 293
T50 Drew Stoltz +5 75 70 77 71 293
T54 David Dragoo +6 73 72 73 76 294
T54 Andrew Perez +6 74 72 72 76 294
T54 Gunner Wiebe +6 72 73 77 72 294
T54 Gregor Main +6 75 72 77 70 294
T58 Bob May +7 70 75 76 74 295
T58 Jason Gore +7 73 71 78 73 295
T58 Brett Lederer +7 71 72 80 72 295
T61 Joel Dahmen +8 71 74 74 77 296
T61 Jesse Mueller +8 75 73 75 73 296
T61 Andrew Yun +8 76 72 78 70 296
T64 Lucas Lee +9 71 75 75 76 297
T64 Creighton Honeck +9 70 74 80 73 297
66 Jesse Schutte +10 71 72 77 78 298
67 Jae Han Chun +12 76 75 72 77 300
T68 Marcus Both +14 74 72 77 79 302
T68 Andrew Hoffer +14 74 73 80 75 302
70 Marty Jertson +31 82 79 81 77 319
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WD Jay Choi E 72 72 72   216
WD Jeff Quinney +4 71 69 80   220
WD Michael Allen +4 76 72 72   220
WD J.B. Park +6 75 69 78   222
WD Kieran Pratt +6 74 72 76   222
WD David Duval            
WD Brent Geiberger            
WD Mark Hensby            
WD Meen Whee Kim            
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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.)