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Wednesday, March 21, 2012

R.I.P. Q-School

Dearly beloved, we are gathered here today to remember our fallen comrade, the PGA Tour Qualifying Tournament. To most of us, he was just Q-School.

Q was a baby boomer, born in 1965. His young age was deceptive -- he'd been on life support for a year or more, hoping each day that the various doctors tending him would greet him with good news. Alas, it was not meant to be.

Though bedridden, Q consistently managed to lift the spirits of those around him. He was a beacon of hope to many who were beneficiaries of his generosity, gaining fame and fortune from the opportunities he provided to those willing to accept his terms. While some of his naysayers bore him ill will, the sports world has been forever changed for the good because of his involvement.

Despite multiple statements to the contrary by trusted medical specialists, rumors persist that Q didn't pass from natural causes. Some believe his death was orchestrated by competitors seeking financial gain, that there was a conspiracy to eliminate this pillar of the sports community because he stood in the way of profiteers. His will is at this point still in probate and will likely remain there for many months.

Everyone, it seems, wants a piece of old Q.

After a tough year where his health was in constant question, our beloved Q-School finally passed on March 20, 2012. He went quietly, attended only by PGA Commissioner Tim Finchem and an assortment of media well-wishers, many of whom mourned his passing with obvious grief.

We'll miss you, Q. You left us far too soon.

You can get more details of the changes -- at least, the ones that have been decided at this point -- from this ESPN piece.

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