PGA Tour Q-School second stage: McKinney, Texas

By Golf Channel DigitalNovember 17, 2012, 2:30 pm

The second stage of PGA Tour Q-School is under way at TPC Craig Ranch in McKinney, Texas. The top 20 finishers and ties will advance to the final stage, Nov. 28-Dec. 3 at PGA West in La Quinta, Calif.

   Pos  Player Scoring To Par Rounds Total
Total 1 2 3 4
1 Scott Gutschewski -20 67 66 67 68 268
2 Scott Dunlap -19 68 66 68 67 269
T3 Steven Bowditch -18 68 69 65 68 270
T3 Eric Meierdierks -18 68 67 68 67 270
5 Peter Tomasulo -16 68 69 68 67 272
T6 Paul Stankowski -15 71 68 65 69 273
T6 Matt Jones -15 66 69 64 74 273
T6 Joakim Mikkelsen -15 69 68 65 71 273
T9 Andrew Putnam -14 70 68 69 67 274
T9 James Nitties -14 72 66 69 67 274
T9 Kyle Reifers -14 68 67 68 71 274
T12 Henrik Norlander -13 69 67 72 67 275
T12 Scott Pinckney -13 71 67 69 68 275
T12 Tag Ridings -13 71 66 69 69 275
T15 Jeff Klauk -12 68 68 72 68 276
T15 Alex Prugh -12 70 70 68 68 276
T15 Brenden Pappas -12 70 67 71 68 276
T15 Todd Hamilton -12 73 67 66 70 276
T19 Andrew Loupe -11 70 72 71 64 277
T19 Tim Kunick -11 68 72 69 68 277
T19 Kevin Tway -11 69 68 69 71 277
T22 Bio Kim -10 67 70 73 68 278
T22 Jason Schultz -10 72 70 67 69 278
T24 Tyler Aldridge -9 71 68 71 69 279
T24 Oscar Serna -9 71 68 71 69 279
T26 Wes Short -8 73 69 69 69 280
T26 Brooks Koepka -8 69 72 70 69 280
T26 Jordan Spieth -8 71 69 69 71 280
T26 Scott Harrington -8 72 64 72 72 280
T26 Tyler Weworski -8 70 67 69 74 280
T31 Matt Weibring -7 68 72 73 68 281
T31 Woody Austin -7 72 71 68 70 281
T33 Nathan Green -6 66 72 73 71 282
T33 Brandon Crick -6 74 71 70 67 282
T33 Daniel Miernicki -6 69 69 71 73 282
T33 James Love -6 68 73 69 72 282
T37 Seath Lauer -5 71 74 66 72 283
T37 Josh Persons -5 72 71 70 70 283
T39 Martin Jeppesen -4 74 68 69 73 284
T39 Matthew Vela -4 73 67 71 73 284
T39 Wil Collins -4 74 71 70 69 284
T39 Jesse Speirs -4 75 68 73 68 284
T39 Clayton Rask -4 68 75 73 68 284
T39 Derek Tolan -4 76 70 70 68 284
T45 Sean Dale -3 68 74 72 71 285
T45 Michael Nicoletti -3 71 68 70 76 285
T45 Rich Barcelo -3 75 73 69 68 285
T48 Will Wilcox -2 71 70 73 72 286
T48 Adam Cornelson -2 72 69 75 70 286
T48 Martin Piller -2 73 71 72 70 286
T51 Chris Gallagher -1 72 69 72 74 287
T51 J.J. Killeen -1 70 72 73 72 287
T51 Daniel Nisbet -1 75 68 72 72 287
T51 Tom Moore -1 68 75 73 71 287
T55 Robert Lopez E 71 72 70 75 288
T55 Wes Homan E 78 72 67 71 288
T55 David McKenzie E 74 74 70 70 288
T55 Shane Prante E 73 78 67 70 288
T59 Josh Geary +1 70 70 76 73 289
T59 Roger Tambellini +1 72 76 68 73 289
T61 Ryan Hietala +2 73 71 72 74 290
T61 Mike Capone +2 72 71 76 71 290
T63 Jun Lee +3 70 73 73 75 291
T63 Jaxon Brigman +3 72 70 75 74 291
T65 Dave Levesque +4 75 72 71 74 292
T65 Chris Baryla +4 75 71 73 73 292
T65 Christopher Evans +4 75 72 74 71 292
68 Mikel Martinson +5 74 71 73 75 293
69 Stuart Deane +6 72 68 76 78 294
70 Jeff Rangel +7 71 73 76 75 295
71 K.C. Lim +9 69 75 75 78 297
T72 Devin Spies +10 75 71 74 78 298
T72 Oscar Fraustro +10 71 76 80 71 298
74 Cole Moreland +13 77 72 74 78 301
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WD Matt Bettencourt -5 67 72     139
WD Tommy Biershenk -3 73 71 69   213
WD Michael Sim +1 71 74     145
DQ Christopher Ward E 71 74 71   216
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Koepka's pursuers have no illusions about catching him

By Nick MentaOctober 20, 2018, 8:50 am

Ahead by four, wielding his driver like Thor's hammer, Brooks Koepka is 18 holes from his third victory in five months and his first ascent to the top of the Official World Golf Ranking.

The tournament isn't over. No one is handing him the trophy and updating the OWGR website just yet. But it will likely take some combination of a meltdown and low round from someone in the chase pack to prevent a Koepka coronation Sunday in South Korea.

Thirteen under for the week, the three-time major champion will start the final round four shots ahead of his playing partners, Ian Poulter and Scott Piercy, and five ahead of six more players at minus-8.

As is his nature, Poulter figures to be undaunted. The 42-year-old is fresh off a Sunday singles victory over Dustin Johnson at the Ryder Cup and in the midst of a career renaissance, having broken a five-year winless drought earlier this year. In one sense, it's Europe vs. the United States again, but this isn't match play, and Koepka, a guy who doesn't need a head start, has spotted himself a four-shot advantage.


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"Tomorrow I'm going to need to make a few birdies. Obviously Brooks is in cruise control right now and obviously going to need a shoot a low one," Poulter conceded. "Do what I'm doing, just enjoy [it]. Obviously try and make as many birdies as I can and see how close we get."

Perez, in the group at 8 under par, isn't giving up, but like Poulter, he's aware of the reality of his situation.

"We're chasing Brooks, who of course obviously is playing phenomenally," he said. "A lot of the long hitters now when they get in contention, they hit that driver and they're really hard to catch. I'm not worried about it too much. It's going to be harder for me tomorrow than him, so I'm going to try and go out and just do my thing, hit some shots, hopefully hit some close and make some putts and we'll see. I don't expect him to come backwards, but hopefully I can try to go catch him."

Gary Woodland, also 8 under par, summed up the predicament best when he alluded to Koepka's perhaps advantageously aloof demeanor.

"You obviously want to get off to a good start and put pressure on him as soon as you can," he said. "You know, Brooks doesn't seem like he cares too much, and he's playing so good, so you're going to have to go out and post a number."

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Koepka has his chance 'to earn' his way to No. 1

By Nick MentaOctober 20, 2018, 8:09 am

There won't need to be any wonky math involved. He won't have to settle for finally reaching the the top via some kind of mathematical reset while he's sitting at home on the couch (or more likely working out in the gym).

No, Brooks Koepka on Sunday in South Korea will have a chance to ascend to No. 1 in the Official World Golf Ranking the way every player would most want to - with a victory.

On the strength of a bogey-free round of 5-under 67 Saturday, Koepka will enter the final round of the CJ Cup four clear of Ian Poulter and Scott Piercy, with six more players five behind.

The tournament is Koepka's to lose, and so too is the No. 1 ranking. So long as Justin Thomas doesn't somehow defend his title from 12 shots back, Koepka can supplant Dustin Johnson atop the rankings with a win or a solo second-place finish.


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"It was something I wanted to do. I always wanted to become World No. 1 in a week that I was playing," Koepka said Saturday. "I thought like I could really earn it and not have a week off where it just so happens that you bump up. No, it would be very special, and to do it here would be nice and hopefully get to world No. 1 and cap it off with a win, I don't think there would be much better."

It would be a fitting end to this breakthrough year for Koepka, who successfully defended his U.S. Open title and then added his third major victory at the PGA Championship en route to claiming the PGA Tour's Player of the Year Award. Oddly enough, considering his status a three-time major winner and an impending No. 1, this would be Koepka's fifth Tour victory but only his second in a non-major; his only regular Tour win to date was his first, at the 2015 Waste Management Phoenix Open.

"My confidence has always been pretty high," Koepka said. "Anytime you can win three majors you're going to be feeling pretty good about yourself. To do what I've done over the last two years has been special, but I'm looking to build on that."

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Koepka ahead by four, with No. 1 ranking in his grasp

By Nick MentaOctober 20, 2018, 5:48 am

Following a closing birdie and a third-round 67 at Nine Bridges, Brooks Koepka will take a four-shot lead over Ian Poulter and Scott Piercy into final round of the CJ Cup. Here's how Koepka separated himself from the field in South Korea.

Leaderboard: Koepka (-13), Poulter (-9), Rafa Cabrera Bello (-8), Cameron Smith (-8), Jaime Lovemark (-8), Pat Perez (-8), Gary Woodland (-8), Chez Reavie (-8)

What it means: Koepka is in search of his fifth PGA Tour victory and – believe it or not – only his second non-major. The three-time major champion’s only other win came all the way back in February 2015, at the Waste Management Phoenix Open. One behind overnight leader Scott Piercy to start the day, Koepka opened with eight straight pars and birdied Nos. 9 and 10 to take the outright lead at 10 under par. He added three more circles at 14, 17 and 18 to close out a bogey-free round of 5 under and go ahead by ahead by four. He'll be chased on Sunday by Piercy, a four-time PGA Tour winner who won the Zurich Classic earlier this year alongside Billy Horschel, and by Poulter, who ended a five-year worldwide winless drought back in April and is coming off a 2-2 performance at the Ryder Cup, with a Sunday singles victory over current world No. 1 Dustin Johnson. Speaking of which, unless Justin Thomas finds a way to win this tournament from 12 back, Koepka will for the first time ascend to No. 1 in the Official World Golf Ranking with a win or a solo second-place finish.

Round of the day: Four players – Rafa Cabrera Bello, Ted Potter Jr., Jason Day and Brendan Steele – shot 7-under 65 Saturday. Day played his first four holes in 2 over and his final 14 in 9 under.

Best of the rest: Paul Casey, Hideki Matsuyama and Emiliano Grillo signed for 66. Casey went seven straight holes without a par, Matusyama was bogey-free, and Grillo did all his damage on the back nine after nine consecutive pars on the front.

Biggest disappointment: The only previous winner of this event, world No. 4 Justin Thomas entered the week with a chance to take back the No. 1 ranking with a successful title defense. But rounds of 73-70-72 have him 1 under for the week. Thomas played his back nine in 1 over Saturday with six pars, a birdie, a quadruple bogey and a closing eagle.

Shot of the day: Koepka flying his tee shot 330 yards to the front edge of the green at the par-4 14th and going on to two-putt for birdie.

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Watch: Koepka flies ball 330 yards, drives green

By Golf Channel DigitalOctober 20, 2018, 4:44 am

It's a good thing par doesn't actually matter in tournament play, because if it did, the PGA Tour would have to consider 350-yard par-3s, and even those might not stop Brooks Koeopka.

Already ahead by two during Saturday's third round at the CJ Cup in South Korea, Koepka drove the green at the par-4 14th, carrying his ball 330 yards to the front edge.

The back-to-back U.S. Open champ would go on to two-putt for birdie and push his lead to three.

... The USGA is going to try that 350-yard par-3 idea, isn't it?