PONTE VEDRA BEACH, FL. -- The goal of professional golfers from the United States and many countries abroad is to secure a spot on golf's ultimate stage, the PGA TOUR. The available spots are few and the margin of error extremely fine. Literally thousands of men in their 20s, 30s and 40s set out to achieve this goal every year.
The story of a handful of these dream chasers will be told in a 90-minute NBC Sports special PGA TOUR 2012:Ticket to the TOUR presented by Cleveland Golf that will air Sunday, Jan. 15th at 2:30 p.m. ET. The PGA TOUR Entertainment-produced show in high definition will profile ten players as they seek to earn or retain their PGA TOUR membership through the avenues of the Nationwide Tour, a top-125 finish on the PGA TOUR or December's PGA TOUR Qualifying School finals.
The Nationwide Tour features its season-long quest whereby "The 25" leading money winners after the season-ending Nationwide Tour Championship are awarded playing privileges for the following year. PGA TOUR members battle through the Fall Series to secure their spot for another year on TOUR. And there are those who survive the first and/or second stages of PGA TOUR Qualifying School with a chance to earn one of the 25 exemptions on the line at the grueling six-round final stage.
PGA TOUR 2012: Ticket to the TOUR presented by Cleveland Golf will feature the following players:
Harris English, a 2011 winner on the Nationwide Tour as an amateur who turns pro after the Walker Cup and competes both on the Nationwide Tour and in Qualifying School finals.
Bobby Gates, who finished 126th on the 2011 PGA TOUR money list, failing to secure fully-exempt status by one shot.
Scott Parel, a mid-40s Augusta, Ga. native still clinging to his PGA TOUR dreams.
Gator Todd, former U. of Alabama golfer and son of former NFL quarterback Richard Todd, who was one of seven players to make it from the preliminary stage to the final stage of Qualifying School.
PGA TOUR 2012: Ticket to the Tour presented by Cleveland Golf will also follow four former major champions, David Duval, Shaun Micheel, Rich Beem and Lee Janzen, all of whom are fighting for a place to play in 2012.