Brigman Back to Atone for Mistake


PGA Tour (75x100)Jaxon Brigman shot 66 Wednesday at Bear Lakes Country Club in West Palm Beach, Fla., to earn a share of the first-round lead in the six-day PGA Tour Qualifying Tournament. Its the name number he signed for in the final round of the tournament two years ago.
Unfortunately, Brigman actually shot 65 on the sixth-and-final day in 1999. But according to the rules he had to accept the higher score.
He missed earning his PGA Tour card by a single stroke.
Two dismal seasons later the Texan is back for a bit of atonement. Brigman is tied at 6-under-par with Craig Bowden, Lee Porter, Boo Weekley, Ben Bates, Eduardo Herrera and Kevin Durkin.
Eight players are one stroke off the lead, including Ted Tryba. Tryba has two victories on the PGA Tour, with his most recent coming in the 1999 FedEx St. Jude Classic. The 34-year-old finished this year 144th on the tours money list.
Gary Nicklaus ' 169th on the 2001 PGA Tour money list ' is among a group two back at 4-under.
Seventeen-year-old Ty Tryon shot a first-round 2-under 70. He birdied three of the four par-5s at the Links Course and carded one bogey. The high school junior is tied with last year's medallist, Stephen Allan, for 59th place. The top 35 players and ties earn their PGA Tour cards for next season.
Aaron Baddeley is tied for 81st place, following a 1-under 71. Meanwhile, Todd Barranger, who finished 16th on the 2001 Buy.Com money list - one position removed from earning his 2002 PGA Tour playing privilege - opened in 7-over 79.
Brigman, who has never been exempt on the big tour, played the 2000 season on the Buy.Com Tour, finishing the year 58th on the money list. He then failed to advance to the final stage of the Qualifying Tournament, which would have guaranteed him at least conditional playing status on the Buy.Com Tour.
Instead, Brigman spent 2001 cruising the satellite circuit, playing the likes of the Tight Lies Tour.
He did play in this year's Texas Open on the PGA Tour, finishing tied for 11th and earning the biggest paycheck of his career, $61,500.
Full-field scores from the PGA Tour Qualifying Tournament