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Tuesday, December 4, 2012

The Die Is Cast

The Q-Schools are over. In the LPGA Q-School the primary surprises were Christina Kim getting only conditional status and Mel Reid missing the cut. But we'll be seeing both of them a lot, I suspect -- Kim is popular and Reid still has her LET membership.

But there were quite a few surprises at the PGA Q-School. You can see the full results at this link -- 26 players got Tour cards -- but I'll just point out a few of the more interesting results. Bear in mind that the winning score for the 6 rounds was -25.

Kris Blanks got his card quite easily after missing most of the season with injury. He was so gung-ho to play that I'm not sure his finish was ever in doubt. He finished T4 at -23.

Two-time heart transplant recipient Erik Compton put on a run the last two days to finish T7 at -22. His story is the kind that sportswriters love, and it helps that he's just such a nice guy.

And I have to mention Mr. Monday, Patrick Reid. Finishing right on the number -- T22 at -17 -- he said his fiance will be on his bag again next year. Except she'll be his wife then; they're getting married later this month.

I can't even begin to list all the surprises who missed out on a card. Yeah, I know there's only so many cards to go around and there's always a lot of name players who end up missing out... but multiple event winner Camilo Villegas (T32)? Morgan Hoffman, who was near the lead after 2 rounds (T73)? ET Tour players like Oliver Fisher (T27 -- missed by a single stroke) and Alex Noren (T73)? Nick O'Hern, the "Tiger Killer" in match play (T104)?

Many of the players who missed out will get Tour cards... or have European Tour cards... or will find other ways to get in events. (Jerry Kelly used a one-time exemption so he wouldn't have to go to Q-School at all.)

But any way you cut it, the die is cast. Everybody knows what they have... or don't have, as the case may be. What surprises will 2013 have for them... and for us? I can't wait to find out.


  1. Interesting article from Freakeconomics

  2. I agree -- very interesting! I think a golf ball with an increasing drag coefficient would be relatively easy to design. The trick might be how quickly the distance would drop off. But if they could find a way to "top off" the speed at around 100 - 105mph without too much drop off below that speed, they just might make it work.

    Traditionally, pros have hit the ball between 100 and 110mph (computer studies show Bobby Jones was around 113mph) but new ball designs are much more efficient than they were back then.