Fischer earns medalist honors at Q-School


Zack Fischer's week at Tour Q-School may have started slowly, but it ended in style.

Fischer fired his second consecutive round of 8-under 64 Tuesday at PGA West to claim medalist honors with a six-round total of 31-under 401. As a result, the 24-year-old will be fully exempt on the developmental circuit for the entire 2014 season.

A 2011 graduate from the University of Texas-Arlington, Fischer made four bogeys Thursday en route to a 3-over 75 in the opening round. He made only three bogeys across the subsequent 90 holes on both the Stadium and Nicklaus Courses, however, closing the event with a 65-64-64 finish that included as many eagles (one) as bogeys. Fischer started the final round two shots behind overnight leader Scott Pinckney but surged to the top of the leaderboard with birdies on Nos. 17 and 18, as Pinckney dropped to second place after a final-round 68.

While Fischer is exempt from each of the periodic reorders next season, the rest of the top 10 players are exempt until the third reshuffle. Led by Pinckney, that group also includes former Big Break participant Tony Finau, 2013 NCAA individual champion Max Homa, and Carlos Sainz, Jr., who closed with a 9-under 63 to claim sole possession of 10th place.

All players finishing between 11th and 45th will be exempt until the second reshuffle. That contingent includes Blayne Barber, who tied for 22nd after being disqualified from Q-School a year ago, Si Woo Kim, who earned a PGA Tour card via Q-School last year at age 17, and former U.S. Amateur champion Colt Knost.

All players who finished worse than 12 under, which was enough to tie for 42nd, will begin the 2014 season with conditional status on the Tour.