Homa, Thomas advance to q-school finals

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Justin Thomas, the 2012 collegiate player of the year, clinched 2014 Web.com Tour status on Friday.
November 15, 2013
By Sean Martin, PGATOUR.COM

The second stage of Web.com Tour q-school is vital. It’s all-or-nothing for most of the participants. Players who advance to the third and final stage are guaranteed at least conditional status on the Web.com Tour, which is the only pathway to the PGA TOUR. Most who miss out at second stage will start 2014 without status on that circuit.

Q-school’s second stage began this week at two sites. Here’s a look at how some notable names fared:

TPC Craig Ranch, McKinney, Texas
Nov. 12-15
Top 20 and ties advanced

WHO ADVANCED
· Tyler Weworski and James Sacheck tied for first at 18-under 270. Weworski is the son of 2004 U.S. Women’s Mid-Am winner Corey Weworski.

· Steven Fox, the 2012 U.S. Amateur champion, tied for fifth after shooting 74-66-64-72.

· Justin Thomas, who represented the United States at the 2013 Walker Cup, also shot 12-under 276. Thomas was college golf’s player of the year in 2012, beating out Jordan Spieth for the honor. Fox and Thomas were teammates on the United States' victorious team at the 2012 World Amateur Team Championship.

· Three sons of former PGA TOUR winners – Olin Browne Jr., Matt Weibring and Jamison Sindelar – advanced to final stage. Olin Browne Sr. won the 2011 U.S. Senior Open. Matt’s father, D.A., was a five-time TOUR winner. Jamison’s father, Joey Sindelar, won seven TOUR titles.

· Todd Hamilton, the 2004 Open Championship winner, advanced to final stage with one shot to spare.

WHO FAILED TO ADVANCE
· J.J. Killeen, the 2011 Web.com Tour player of the year, missed by one shot after a final-round 72.

· Eric Meierdierks, who played the PGA TOUR in 2013 after earning his card at q-school, missed by a shot after a final-round 70. He finished 207th in the FedExCup in 2013 after making just four of 19 cuts.

· Alex Carpenter missed by three shots. He represented the United States in the 2011 and 2013 Palmer Cups, a Ryder Cup-style match between the top collegians from the United States and Europe.

· Japan’s Hiroshi Iwata missed by six shots after a final-round 79.

· Corey Prugh, the brother of PGA TOUR player Alex Prugh, finished 66th. Lanny Wadkins’ son, Travis, shot a final-round 67, but finished at 4-over 292.

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Deerwood Golf Club, Kingwood, Texas
Nov. 12-15
Top 20 and ties advanced

WHO ADVANCED
· Sung Kang shot 10-under 278 to win by one shot. Kang won this year’s Korea Open by one shot over Rory McIlroy. Kang won the CJ Invitational hosted by K.J. Choi the previous week. Kang, 26, played the PGA TOUR in 2011 and 2012.

· Mexico’s Sebastian Vazquez finished sixth. Vazquez, 23, is 22nd on the PGA TOUR Latinoamerica Order of Merit. He was medalist at the 2012 World Amateur Team Championship.

· Albin Choi, a 2013 second-team All-American at North Carolina State, advanced without a shot to spare. Choi finished 52nd on PGA TOUR Canada’s order of merit this year. He was low amateur at the 2012 RBC Canadian Open.

· Max Homa, the 2013 NCAA individual champion, advanced without a shot to spare. The two members of the 2013 U.S. Walker Cup team who have since turned pro (Homa, Justin Thomas) both advanced to final stage Friday. Homa finished ninth in his pro debut at the Frys.com Open, the first event of the 2013-14 season; he finished 30th in the following week's Shriners Hospitals for Children Open.

WHO FAILED TO ADVANCE
· David Gossett missed by a shot after shooting 74-76-70-70. Gossett won the 1999 U.S. Amateur and 2001 John Deere Classic, but has struggled the past several seasons.

· Shaun Micheel, the 2003 PGA Championship winner, missed by three shots. He shot 76-72-72-72.

· Parker McLachlin, the 2008 Reno-Tahoe Open champion, never broke 70 and shot 7-over 295.

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