Q-School Gets Underway in California


PGA Tour (75x100)The annual marathon that is the PGA TOUR Qualifying School kicks off Wednesday and lasts until Monday.
Q-School is a six-round event that begins with 163 players in the field. After six grueling rounds, the top 30 and ties will earn their PGA TOUR cards for next season.
Last year, J.B. Holmes posted six rounds in the 60s and won Q School by three strokes. That win propelled Holmes into a rookie campaign that saw him claim his first tour win at the FBR Open at the TPC of Scottsdale.
Unfortunately for two players who finished right behind Holmes last year, they are returning to Q School again this year. Alex Cejka finished second behind Holmes, while D.A. Points took fourth last year.
Cejka had 30 starts in '06, but made the cut just 16 times en route to finishing 145th on the money list. Meanwhile, Points, who is a three-time winner on the Nationwide Tour, started 28 PGA TOUR events, made the cut 12 times and finished 162nd on the money list. The top 125 retained their cards for next year.
Some other well known players at Q School include: 2002 U.S. Amateur winner Ricky Barnes, four-time winner on the PGA TOUR Carlos Franco, two-time U.S. Open champion Lee Janzen, 2000 PGA Championship runner-up Bob May, 2004 Ryder Cupper Chris Riley and Duffy Waldorf, who earned the last of his four PGA TOUR titles in 2000 at Disney.
The Golf Channel will have coverage of the final three rounds of action.
Next week, J.J. Henry and Stewart Cink will represent the United States in the World Golf Championships-Barbados World Cup. Two-man teams from 28 countries will compete over two days of four-ball and two days of foursomes competition.
Related Links:
  • Leaderboard - PGA TOUR Q-School
  • Full Coverage - PGA TOUR Q-School
  • Golf Channel Airtimes