Q-school round-up: Status breakdown
December 18, 2013
By Sean Martin, PGATOUR.COM
- After shooting a 75 in the first round, Zack Fischer battled back to win medalist honors. (Cohen/Getty Images)
The Web.com Tour Qualifying Tournament concluded Tuesday at PGA West in La Quinta, Calif., where Zack Fischer won medalist honors with a stirring 8-under 64 during the sixth and final round. Here's a look at where each player finished and what status was earned:
No. 1: exempt for the 2014 season and from periodic re-order.
1. Zack Fischer: 31-under 401 (75-67-66-65-64-64)
Zack Fischer was just trying to get back to even par after his first-round 75 at the Web.com Tour Qualifying Tournament. He was tied for 130th in the 152-man field after the first of six rounds.
He didn’t just claw back into contention. He won the tournament, shooting 34 under par in his next five rounds. He had just three bogeys over the final 90 holes, compared to 33 birdies and two eagles. By winning Q-School, Fischer is fully exempt throughout the 2014 season.
“Negative. Very negative,” Fischer said when asked to describe his emotions after the first round. He birdied his final two holes of the tournament, making a 25-footer on the final hole to clinch a two-shot victory over Scott Pinckney. Fischer stood to the side of the green as his playing partners putted out, his hat off and head down, overwhelmed by the emotions of a long week. He closed with two consecutive bogey-free 64s.
“I was just saying a prayer and thanking the Lord for giving me the chance to be here,” Fischer said. "It’s still really surreal."
Fischer, 24, played collegiate golf at Texas-Arlington. He Monday qualified for three PGA TOUR events in 2013 – missing two cuts and finishing 68th at the HP Byron Nelson Championship -- and also made the U.S. Open (MC) by beating three-time PGA TOUR winner Ryan Palmer in a 12-hole playoff in sectional qualifying.
Nos. 2-11: Exempt until the third reshuffle of the 2014 season, which occurs after 12th event.
2. Scott Pinckney (age 24, born Orem, Utah, college Arizona State)
Former Arizona State All-American was childhood friends with Rory McIlroy. Turned pro in 2011 and spent 2012 on European and Challenge tours before returning to Web.com Tour in 2013.
T3. Tony Finau (24, Salt Lake City, none)
Turned pro out of high school with brother Gipper and became known for long-driving ability. Beat PGA TOUR player Daniel Summerhays in 2006 Utah Amateur final. Earned Web.com Tour status for the first time.
T3. Sung Joon Park (27, South Korea, Myongji)
Is No. 96 in the Official World Golf Ranking after finishing fifth on Japan Tour Order of Merit in 2013. Had one win and four runners-up this year.
T3. Steve Saunders (26, Albuquerque, N.M., New Mexico)
Comes from golf family. Father and two uncles played college golf. Father, Dave, owns golf store in Albuquerque. Steve was a 2009 All-American at New Mexico.
T6. Max Homa (23, Burbank, Calif., Cal)
The 2013 NCAA individual champion turned pro in September after Walker Cup. Finished T-9 in pro debut at Frys.com Open, then T-30 at Shriners Hospitals for Children Open. Will likely receive handful of PGA TOUR exemptions in 2014, as well.
T6. Bronson Burgoon (26, The Woodlands, Texas, Texas A&M)
Finished seventh on PGA TOUR Latinoamerica money list after finishing eighth or better in final four starts, including three top-threes. Was hero of Texas A&M’s 2009 NCAA title, hitting wedge to inches on final hole to clinch victory.
T6. Jimmy Gunn (33, Scotland, none)
Was caddie at famed Royal Dornoch in Scotland until turning pro at 27 and moving to United States to play mini-tours. Will be first season on Web.com Tour.
9. Chris Epperson (31, Savannah, Ga., Armstrong Atlantic)
Finished eighth on PGA TOUR Canada Order of Merit after finishing in top 10 in six of nine starts. Held four-shot lead after Q-School’s first two rounds, but fell down leaderboard after shooting 3 over in next three rounds. Final-round 63 got him in all-important top 10.
10. Carlos Sainz Jr. (28, Chicago, Mississippi State)
Bogey-free 63 – including birdies on Nos. 11-15 -- in final round got him into solo 10th place, guaranteeing himself four additional starts at start of year. Finished ninth on PGA TOUR Canada Order of Merit this year, including win at The Players Cup.
Nos. 11-45: Exempt until the second reshuffle of the 2014 season, which occurs after eighth event.