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Schools Back in Session

PGA Tour (75x100)Its that time of year again.
Not time to decorate your house, eat like you never will again and shop until they take away your credit card.
Its time to shut out the rest of the world, load up on antacids and stick to the basics.
And instead of writing a letter to a fat guy in a red suit, it might be time to take your wish list to a higher source.
Its Q-School time.
Its time for 171 players to compete over six rounds for some 30 spots on next years PGA Tour.
This years Qualifying Tournament will take place at Orange County National Golf Center and Lodge in Winter Garden, Fla. Play begins Wednesday and will conclude Monday. The players will play three rounds each on the Panther Lake (par 72, 7,295 yards) and Crooked Cat (par 72, 7,277 yards) courses.
The top 30 finishers and ties ' last year it was the top 35 and ties ' will gain their PGA Tour cards in 2004; the next 70 will attain full status on the Nationwide Tour; the rest will get conditional status on the developmental circuit.
This is the 48th different PGA Tour Qualifying Tournament. Nine times, they had a Fall and Spring Q-School in the same year ' but not since 1981.
The field is comprised of players who have made it through the first (six separate sites; four rounds) and second (13 separate sites; four rounds) stages of Q-School. It also contains players who finished 21-50 on the Nationwide Tour money list, and those who finished 126-150 on the PGA Tour money list.
  • Stage 1 Results | Stage 2 Results
    There are a host of past PGA Tour winners, veterans and recognizable names who are trying to earn their ways back to the big league this week. Donnie Hammond, Ted Tryba, Russ Cochran, Olin Browne, Brad and Bart Bryant, Brian Henninger, Per Ulrik-Johansson, Dicky Pride, Steve Pate, Dennis Paulson, Thomas Levet, Garrett Willis, Trevor Dodds and Boo Weekley are among the hopefuls.
    Thirty-eight players received their PGA Tour cards last year via Q-School; 10 kept them.
    Jeff Brehaut was among the 10 players who retained their tour cards for next season. He was last years Q-School medalist.
    Past medalists include Pat Perez (2001), Blaine McCallister (1999), reigning Masters champion Mike Weir (1998), Scott Verplank (1997), Woody Austin (1994), Duffy Waldorf (1990), John Huston (1987), 1996 U.S. Open champion Steve Jones (1986), 1993 PGA champion Paul Azinger (1984), Hammond (1982), 1976 U.S. Open champion Jerry Pate (Fall, 1975), Masters and U.S. Open winner Fuzzy Zoeller (1974), and two-time Masters champion Ben Crenshaw (1973).
    The Golf Channel will air the final three rounds live. Coverage of the fourth and fifth rounds will begin Saturday and Sunday, respectively, at 1:30 PM ET. Coverage of the sixth and final round will start Monday at 12:30 PM.
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