First Stage PGA Tour Q-School Auburn Ala - The Auburn University Club

By Golf Channel DigitalOctober 31, 2010, 10:51 pm
The top 23 and ties advanced to the second round of PGA Tour Q-school.
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1 Lee Williams  Alexander City, AL-14F-470696768
2 Zachary Sucher  Mobile, AL-13F-567697267
T3 Todd Bailey  Spanish Fort, AL-11F-469687268
T3 Michael Thompson  Vestavia Hills, AL-11F+366696775
T5 Tyler Leon  Oklahoma City, OK-10F-170706771
T5 Brice Garnett  Gallatin, MO-10F-370706969
T5 Josh Broadaway  Dothan, AL-10FE67677272
8 Will Claxton  Swainsboro, GA-8F-471697268
T9 Jason Buha  Birmingham, AL-7F-471717168
T9 Reid Edstrom  Auburn, AL-7F-269707270
T11 Ben Briscoe  Mobile, AL-6F-367776969
T11 Brent Long  Carthage, TN-6F-272716970
T13 Garrett Osborn  Birmingham, AL-5F-472667768
T13 Will Wilcox  Ashville, AL-5F-371687569
T13 Gordon Strother  St. Simons Island, GA-5F-268727370
T13 Scott Weatherly  Fort Payne, AL-5FE70707172
T13 Michael Daniels  Decatur, AL-5F-173726771
T13 Matthew Swan  Montgomery, AL-5F+167727173
T19 Brett Stegmaier  Vero Beach, FL-4F-468767268
T19 James Pettitt  Murfreesboro, TN-4F-272736970
T19 David Lingmerth  Fayetteville, AR-4FE70727072
T22 Grant Leaver  Franklin, TN-3F *-577707167
T22 Michael O'Neal  Jacksonville, FL-3F-171746971
T22 Rich Morris  Fayetteville, AR-3FE69717372
T25 Hank Kim  Jonesboro, GA-2F-272727270
T25 Brian Duncan  Mt. Pleasant, SC-2FE73717072
T25 Adam Short  Canada-2FE71717272
T25 Eddie Brescher  Ponchatoula, LA-2F+170707373
T25 Johannes Van Der Walt  Humble, TX-2F+569687277
T30 A.J. Elgert  Lincoln, NE-1F *-375707369
T30 Patrick Wilkes-Krier  Orlando, FL-1F-171737271
T30 Rick Cochran  Paducah, KY-1F-172727271
T30 Bruce McDonald  Mt. Pleasant, SC-1F *-574707667
T30 Eugene Smith  Glen Ridge, NJ-1F+268717474
T30 Matt Anderson  Edina, MN-1F+273707074
36 Sam Osborne  Bradenton, FLEF *-270767270
T37 David Morland  Palm Coast, FL+1FE69767272
T37 Michael Gordy  Clarkesville, GA+1F+172747073
T39 Mark Silvers  Savannah, GA+3F+369727575
T39 Jamie Arnold  Jacksonville Beach, FL+3F *+173707573
T39 Billy Stewart  Devon, PA+3F *+173707573
T39 Bryce Ledford  Ooltewah, TN+3F *-474757468
T43 Jarrod Barsamian  Ponte Vedra Beach, FL+4F+375727075
T43 David Suggs  Orlando, FL+4F *+275717274
T45 Michael Anthony  Albany, GA+5F *+374707475
T45 J.T. Kohut  Stockton, CA+5F *+175717473
T45 Brent Witcher  Atlanta, GA+5F *+173747373
T45 Ray Beaufils  Atlanta, GA+5F *+174747273
T45 James Bowen  Dawsonville, GA+5F *E74727572
T45 Trey Denton  Madison, MS+5F *E75747272
T51 Paul Brown  Hartsville, SC+6F *+170747773
T51 Alan Morin  Royal Palm Beach, FL+6F *E79717272
T51 Patton Kizzire  Auburn, AL+6F *-171767671
54 Glenn Northcutt  Dothan, AL+7F *+375747175
T55 Chris Thompson  Lawrence, KS+8F *+669767378
T55 Jeremy Kavanagh  United Kingdom+8F *+377727275
T55 Mark Leon  Canada+8F *+379736975
T55 C.D. Hockersmith  Richmond, IN+8F *+275727574
T59 Nathan Stamey  Canton, NC+10F *+573737577
T59 Garrett Chaussard  Chicago, IL+10F *+375707875
T61 Scott Tashie  Memphis, TN+11F *+577707577
T61 Derek Smith  Fayetteville, AR+11F *+475727676
63 Andy Choi  Orlando, FL+12F *E78777372
T64 Geoff Wood  Tampa, FL+13F *+675737578
T64 Andrew Suggs  Fayetteville, GA+13F *+573767577
66 Keith Dicciani  Palm Desert, CA+14F *+972787181
67 Abs Mawji  Tampa, FL+15F *+672767778
68 Bobby Collins  Palm Beach Gardens, FL+16F *-178758071
69 Britt Pavelonis  Harrisburg, IL+17F *+475767876
70 Bobby West  Watertown, SD+29F *+576848077
DQ Brett Munson  Evans, GA+1  73   
JWD Justin Smith  St. Paul, MN+3  7176  
JWD Jordan Payne  West Memphis, AR+7  7972  
JWD Patrick Lundy  Little River, SC+8  80   
JWD Anthony Aguilar  Arvada, CO+10  * 737677 
JWD Charles Zebeau  Cedartown, GA+15  * 788172 
JWD Rob Corcoran  Jensen Beach, FL+16  737881 
JWD Kevin Messer  Missouri City, TX+18  * 767484 
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Four players vying for DJ's No. 1 ranking at Open

By Ryan LavnerJuly 18, 2018, 8:41 pm

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Four players have an opportunity to overtake Dustin Johnson for world No. 1 this week.

According to Golf Channel world-rankings guru Alan Robinson, Justin Thomas, Justin Rose, Brooks Koepka and Jon Rahm each can grab the top spot in the world ranking.

Thomas’ path is the easiest. He would return to No. 1 with either a win and Johnson finishing worse than solo third, or even a solo runner-up finish as long as Johnson finishes worse than 49th.

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Twenty years after his auspicious performance in The Open, Rose can get to No. 1 for the first time with a victory and Johnson finishing worse than a two-way tie for third.

Kopeka can rise to No. 1 if he wins consecutive majors, assuming that his good friend posts worse than a three-way tie for third.

And Rahm can claim the top spot with a win this week, a Johnson missed cut and a Thomas finish of worse than solo second.   

Johnson’s 15-month reign as world No. 1 ended after The Players. He wasn’t behind Thomas for long, however: After a tie for eighth at the Memorial, Johnson blew away the field in Memphis and then finished third at the U.S. Open to solidify his position at the top.

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Punch shot: Predictions for the 147th Open

By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 18, 2018, 4:00 pm

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – In advance of the 147th Open Championship, writers sound off on burning questions as players ready for a fast and firm test at Carnoustie. Here’s what our writers think about myriad topics:

The Monday morning headline will be …

REX HOGGARD: “Survival.” This one is easy. It always is at Carnoustie, which is widely considered The Open’s most demanding major championship test. Monday’s headline will be that the champion - pick a champion, any one will do - “survived” another dramatic Open. You don’t dominate Carnoustie; you endure.

RYAN LAVNER: “DJ Bashes Way to Victory at Carnoustie.” If somehow a two-win season could be disappointing, it has been for DJ. He’s first in scoring average, birdie average, par-4 scoring, par-5 scoring, strokes gained: tee to green and proximity from the rough. Those last two stats are the most important, especially here at Carnoustie, with these dry conditions. The game’s preeminent long-and-straight driver, there’s a better-than-decent chance he rolls.

MERCER BAGGS: “Rahm Tough: Spaniard charges to Open victory.” Jon Rahm will claim him maiden major title this week by powering his way through the winds and fescue at Carnoustie.

JAY COFFIN: “Thomas wins second major, ascends to world No. 1 again.” Shortly after The Open last year, Thomas rolled through the end of the PGA Tour season. This is the time of year he likes best. Despite a poor Open record the last two years, he’s not remotely concerned. He’s a tad miffed he didn’t win in France two weeks ago and comes to Carnoustie refreshed, with a gameplan, and ready to pounce.

Who or what will be the biggest surprise?

HOGGARD: Style of play. Given Carnoustie’s reputation as a brute, the surprise will be how the champion arrives at his lofty perch. Unlike previous editions at Carnoustie, this week’s dry conditions will promote more aggressive play off the tee and the winner will defy the norm and power his way to victory.

LAVNER: Tiger Woods. This is Woods’ best chance to win a major this year, and here’s believing he contends. His greatest strengths are his iron game and scrambling, and both aspects will be tested to the extreme at Carnoustie, helping separate him from some of the pretenders. With even a little cooperation from his putter, he should be in the mix.

BAGGS: Padraig Harrington. He had a good opening round last week at the Scottish Open and has some good vibes being the 2007 Open champion at Carnoustie. He won’t contend for four rounds, but a few days in the mix would be a nice surprise.

COFFIN: Alex Noren. Perhaps someone ranked 11th in the world shouldn’t be a surprise, but with so much focus on some of the bigger, household names, don’t be surprised when Noren is in contention on Sunday. He hasn’t finished worse than 25th since early May and won two weeks ago in France. He also tied for sixth place last year at Royal Birkdale.

Who or what will be the biggest disappointment?

HOGGARD: Jordan Spieth. Although he was brilliant on his way to victory last year at Royal Birkdale, Spieth is not the same player for this week’s championship, the byproduct of a balky putter that has eroded his confidence. Spieth said giving back the claret jug this week was hard, but his finish will be even tougher.

LAVNER: Weather. This might sound a little sadistic, but one of the unique joys of covering this tournament is to watch the best in the world battle conditions they face only once a year – the bone-chilling cold, the sideways rain, the howling wind. It doesn’t appear as though that’ll happen this year. With only a few hours of light rain expected, and no crazy winds in the forecast, the biggest challenge for these stars will be judging the bounces on the hard, baked-out turf.

BAGGS: Jordan Spieth. The defending champion is still trying to find his winning form and Carnoustie doesn’t seem the place to do that. As much as he says he loves playing in strong winds, there should be enough danger around here to frustrate Spieth into a missed cut.

COFFIN: Rory McIlroy. I hope I’m wrong on this, because the game is better when Rory is in contention at majors. Putting always has been his issue and seemingly always will be. While there isn’t as much of a premium placed on putting this week because of slower greens, he may still have to hit it close. Super close.

What will be the winning score?

HOGGARD: 10 under. The last two Opens played at Carnoustie were won with 7-under and 6-over totals, but this week’s conditions will favor more aggressive play and lower scores. Expect to see plenty of birdies, but the great equalizer will come on Sunday when wind gusts are forecast to reach 25 mph.

LAVNER: 15 under. An Open at Carnoustie has never produced a winner lower than 9 under (Tom Watson in 1975), but never have the conditions been this susceptible to low scores. Sure, the fairway bunkers are still a one-shot penalty, but today’s big hitters can fly them. The thin, wispy rough isn’t much of a deterrent. And the wind isn’t expected to really whip until the final day.

BAGGS: 12 under. We aren’t going to see the same kind of weather we have previously witnessed at Carnoustie, and that’s a shame. Any players who catch relatively benign conditions should be able to go low, as long as they can properly navigate the fairway rollout.

COFFIN: 14 under. Walked into a local golf shop in the town of Carnoustie wearing a Golf Channel logo and the man behind the counter said, “It’ll take 14 under to win this week.” Well, he’s been here for years and seen Carnoustie host The Open twice before. He knows more about it than I do, so I’ll stick with his number.

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Watch: Na plays backwards flop and practices lefty

By Grill Room TeamJuly 18, 2018, 3:16 pm

Fresh off his victory at The Greenbrier, Kevin Na is taking a quite-literally-backwards approach to his Open prep.

Caddie Kenny Harms has been sharing videos of Na's early work at Carnoustie.

This one shows Na standing in a bunker and playing a flop shot over his own head (as opposed to someone else's):

While it's unlikely he'll have a need for that exact shot this week, it's far more likely a player may have to think about turning his club over and playing from the wrong side of the ball, like so:

Na has made 4 of 6 cuts at The Open and will look to improve on his best career finish, currently a T-22 in 2016 at Royal Troon.

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McIlroy growing 'comfortable' on Open courses

By Ryan LavnerJuly 18, 2018, 1:45 pm

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – For a player who once complained about the vagaries of links golf, Rory McIlroy enters this Open with a dazzling record in the sport’s oldest championship.

Though he missed the 2015 event because of an ankle injury, McIlroy has now posted three consecutive top-5 finishes in the year’s third major.

“It’s surprising a little bit that my best form in major championships has been this tournament,” he said Wednesday, “but at the same time I’ve grown up these courses, and I’m comfortable on them. I think going to courses on The Open rota that I’ve played quite a lot. I think that helps. You have a comfort level with the golf course, and you’ve built up enough experience to know where to hit and where not to hit it.”

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McIlroy still regrets what happened in 2015, when he “did something slightly silly” and injured his ankle while playing soccer a few weeks before the event. That came a year after he triumphed at Royal Liverpool.

“Since 2010, I couldn’t wait to play The Open at St. Andrews,” he said. “I thought that was one of my best chances to win a major.”

He tied for 42nd at Carnoustie in 2007, earning low-amateur honors.