By Brian Wacker, PGATOUR.COM
LA QUINTA, Calif. -- It’s a good thing for Patrick Reed that the final round of q-school is on a Monday.
Reed of course Monday qualified six times this season on the PGA TOUR. He’s taken advantage of his limited opportunities, too, netting four top-25 finishes in a dozen starts.
Still, if Reed is going to be on the PGA TOUR next season, he needs to finish in the top 25 here at q-school. So far, so good. Reed is 4 under through 13 holes here in the final round and 16 under for the week, one stroke inside the magic number in a tie for 24th.
Why does Reed happen to play so well on Mondays?
“It’s 18 holes, just like match play,” Reed said. “You have to make birdies. It’s the urgency of 18 holes and just getting it done.”
To his point, Reed, a first-team All-American last year at Augusta State, went 6-0 in the match-play portion of the last two NCAA Championships and was a semifinalist at the 2008 U.S. Amateur.
The difference here, of course, is that there 108 holes spread over six days. It’s cliché, but Reed has just tried to take them one day and one round at a time, and he hasn’t changed his philosophy that worked so well in Monday qualifiers this year.
“I’m an aggressive player,” Reed said. “I probably played conservatively once and that was in the first stage and I shot 2 over that day, so that’ll be the last time I play conservatively.”
By Brian Wacker, PGATOUR.COM
LA QUINTA, Calif. -- Si Woo Kim won’t turn 18 until June. In the meantime, he’ll try to make history.
Should Kim, who is 17 years, 5 months and 6 days old, finish inside the top 25 here at PGA West, he would become the youngest ever player to earn a PGA TOUR card through q-school. Ty Tryon holds that current distinction, having earned his card in 2001 at 17 years, 6 months and 1 day old.
Kim, who at the moment is tied for 17th, wouldn’t be able to take up membership on the PGA TOUR or Web.com Tour, however, until June 28, 2013, when he turns 18.
In the meantime, he can play no more than 12 events as a non-member on sponsor exemptions (with a maximum of seven), top-10s or special exemptions. He would be able to Monday qualify, however, an unlimited number of times as those do not count toward the 12 events.
The age restriction applies to Special Temporary Membership and therefore this eligibility category is not relevant to the player's situation. There is also no provision for the player to petition to join the TOUR earlier than his 18th birthday.
Though Kim is not yet 18, he would be included, however, in the 25 and ties or number nearest 50 "number" at q-school.
For the purposes of gaining eligibility on TOUR in the 2013-14 season, official money earned as a non-member, along with official money earned once the player becomes a member, will count toward the top-125 money category, which gains access into standard, open beginning in the 2013-14 season. Prior to becoming a member, money will be shown on the non-member money list.
FedExCup points earned as a non-member on the Non-Member FedExCup Points list, along with FedExCup Points earned once the player becomes a member, will also count toward the top-125 FedExCup Points category, which is exempt beginning in the 2013-14 season. Prior to becoming a member, FedExCup Points earned will be shown on the Non-Member FeExCup Points List. This is different from previous FedExCups with the advent of a non-member FEC list (which will now be tracked for eligibility purposes) and mirrors how the TOUR has treated the money list since 1999.
In terms of the 2013 FedExCup Playoffs, points earned as a non-member on the Non-Member FedExCup Points list (excluding points earned as a non-member at World Golf Championships), along with FedExCup points earned once the player becomes a member, will count on the 2013 points list.
Regarding reshuffles of the q-school/Web.com Tour category, once the player becomes a regular member he will be placed in the category with the amount of money earned on the money list on the date of the reshuffle. In Kim's case, since the reshuffle will occur on the Monday of the U.S. Open, he would be placed in the category upon joining with zero dollars and would need to wait until the next reshuffle for any money earned as a non-member to count. The Player Advisory Council will review this subject further in 2013.
If Kim were to win an event on either Tour prior to his birthday, the benefits that come with a win would be waiting for him upon his birthday, effective as if they commenced on the date of the win.
LA QUINTA, Calif. -- The final round of q-school is under way at PGA West, where the top 25 players and ties will receive PGA TOUR cards for next season.
With changes coming to next year’s schedule -- after this year players in q-school will receive only Web.com Tour status -- this is a particularly important year for players looking to lock up their future.
The final group will tee off in about 10 minutes with Steve Bowditch leading by one over Kris Blanks and two over Derek Ernst.
The more important number, however, is down the leaderboard.
Currently, 28 players are safely inside the magic number to secure a card. That includes the oldest player in the field, 53-year-old Tom Pernice Jr., and Patrick Reed, who is 4 under through his first six holes. Reed successfully Monday qualified six times on TOUR this season. Another good round today would get him a card.
You can follow the final round with our live scores and discuss below.
With his win Sunday at the World Golf Championships-Accenture Match Play Championship, Hunter Mahan:
● Earns fourth PGA TOUR victory in 237th career start at the age of 29 years, 9 months and 9 days.
● Collects 550 FedExCup points.
● Extends fully-exempt status through the end of the 2015 season.
● PGA TOUR Career Victories (4): 2007 Travelers Championship; 2010 Waste Management Phoenix Open; WGC-Bridgestone Invitational; 2012 WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship
● Four career wins are the second most by players currently in their 20s. Here’s the list of players with three or more wins: Dustin Johnson (5), Hunter Mahan (4), Bill Haas (4), Sean O’Hair (4), Camilo Villegas (3) and Anthony Kim (3).
WGC-ACCENTURE MATCH PLAY CHAMPIONSHIP NOTES:
● Mahan and Rory McIlroy (22) meeting in the finals marked the first time in Accenture Match Play Championship history that two 20-somethings met in the finals.
● Is the first American to advance to the finals of the Accenture Match Play Championship since Tiger Woods and Stewart Cink faced each other in 2008.
● Improves Accenture Match Play Championship record to 10-4 in five career starts (2008-2012). His previous best finish at this event was T9 (2011).
● Joins Tiger Woods (Accenture Match Play Championship – 2003, 2004; Cadillac – 1999, 2002, 2003, 2005; Bridgestone – 1999, 2000, 2001, 2005) as the only players to capture multiple World Golf Championships titles in their 20s.
● Two of four wins on TOUR have come in Arizona (2010 Waste Management Phoenix Open).
● Joins a group of five other players with Multiple World Golf Championships victories: Tiger Woods (16), Geoff Ogilvy (3), Darren Clarke (2), Ernie Els (2), Phil Mickelson (2)
By Fred Albers, PGATOUR.COM Correspondent
MARANA, Ariz. — There are so many turning points in a match play tournament and Hunter Mahan was very solid through six matches. He hit 64 of 96 greens, 57 of 75 fairways and was 7 of 10 in bunker saves. However, the turning point of this tournament might have come on Monday when Mahan changed to a face-balanced, center-shafted "Nome" putter from Ping. He proceeded to make 35 birdies in winning six matches.
Focused: Rory McIlroy missed a three-foot par putt on the first hole and you wondered about his concentration to start the championship match. McIlroy was coming off a very emotional semifinal victory against Lee Westwood and might have been a bit flat on the first hole against Mahan. "That's probably true. I put a lot of energy, a lot of emotion into that first match," McIlroy said. He was 4 down at the turn only to rally, playing holes 11-15 in 5-under par but the slow start could not be overcome.
Nutritious or superstitious: Starting on Wednesday, Hunter Mahan had the same lunch and dinner for five straight days. He had a tuna melt with swiss cheese and fried avocado for lunch, followed by buffalo tacos and eggplant soup for dinner. "We did not eat that because we're superstitious," said Mahan's wife Kandi. "Hunter kept eating that combination because he felt so good on the course and figured it was good energy."
Concessions: Lee Westwood and McIlroy conceded very few putts to each other during their semifinal match. In fact, Westwood once made Rory putt from inside of two feet. That changed in the afternoon matches. McIlroy was very generous with Mahan and in the consolation match, Westwood told Mark Wilson his 9-footer was good for birdie. Westwood was going to make bogey at best so the concession did not alter the match but you did not see that same generosity against McIlroy.
Caddie wanted: Wilson needs a caddie this week. No, his is not parting company with Chris P. Jones. It seems Jones has had his car out for the entire West Coast swing and with Wilson playing two matches on Sunday, Chris has a long drive ahead of him. It's 2,168 miles from Arizona to Florida and Jones won't arrive at PGA National until Thursday. Wilson suspects he'll have a lot of offers to caddie for him in Wednesday's pro-am.
Shots to remember: Three shots stand out for Mahan in his championship match. He hit a 6-iron on the 159-yard sixth hole to tap-in distance. "I has to crush it to get it there and it was perfect," Mahan said. At the 10th hole he then hit a 7-iron from 177 yards that was also conceded. "I hit that good too but also got a good kick on the green." Finally, Mahan got up and down out of a greenside bunker on the 13th hole for birdie to preserve a 3 up lead. "I have been practicing my short game all winter and it showed this week," he said. Mahan was 7 of 10 in bunker saves during the tournament.
Room to the right: There was a great synergy between Mahan and his caddie John Wood the entire week but it really showed on the 16th hole. Mahan was 2 up with three to play on the 191-yard hole. Wood wasn't about to let his player shoot at the flagstick. His last words to Mahan were "we have room right all day." Mahan aimed safely away from the hole, made par and closed out his match on the next hole.
Fred Albers is a course reporter for SiriusXM PGA TOUR Radio and is inside the ropes this week at the World Golf Championships-Accenture Match Play Championship. For more information on SiriusXM PGA TOUR Radio, click here.
MARANA, Ariz. – A few notes from Sunday’s final day at Dove Mountain …
> Hunter Mahan won the World Golf Championships-Accenture Match Play Championship in part because of his dominance of the par-4 seventh hole, which he won every time he played it. Mahan became the first player since 2003 to win a hole every time he played it through six matches. Special mention should go out to Paul Casey, who won the 13th hole six of the seven times he played it in 2009 (36-hole final).
> Mark Wilson and Lee Westwood entered their consolation match having never played the 18th hole. They became the sixth and seventh players to play five rounds at the World Golf Championships-Accenture Match Play Championship and never go past the 17th hole. The last player to accomplish this feat was Luke Donald last year. Sunday’s consolation match did require 18 hole, which Wilson won 1 up.
> Mahan was the first player to win a hole in the final match at the Accenture Match Play Championship, winning the sixth hole. Since 2003, only one final has seen the first hole won happen on the 6th hole or later; in 2006 the first hole won in the match between Geoff Ogilvy and Davis Love III was at the 11th hole.
> Mahan and Wilson faced off in the semifinals at the Accenture Match Play Championship. Through seven holes Mahan won four holes and Wilson won two. The two combined to win six of the first seven holes of a match, tying the highest number of holes won through seven holes since 2003 at this event (not including first round matches).
Hunter Mahan is a winner of a World Golf Championships event for the second time, defeating Rory McIlroy 2 and 1 in the final of the Accenture Match Play Championship.
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MARANA, Ariz. – Hunter Mahan has beaten Rory McIlroy, who wass top-seeded in the Gary Player bracket and the No. 2 player in the world, to win the World Golf Championships-Accenture Match Play Championship 2 and 1.
The victory was Mahan’s second in the global series and the fourth of his career. Mahan, who was seeded sixth, is now one of just six players to own multiple World Golf Championships titles -- and joins Tiger Woods as the only two to do it before their 30th birthday.
Mahan never trailed in the championship match with McIlroy, who could have unseated Luke Donald at the top of the world rankings with a win. The American was also in control from the first hole of his 2-and-1 semifinal win over Mark Wilson.
In fact, Mahan went his last 74 holes without falling behind in a match. The last time Mahan trailed was the third hole of his second round match with Y.E. Yang on Thursday.
"I got hot there in the middle of the week and was able to ride it out,” Mahan said simply.
McIlroy entered the title tilt after a hotly-contested semifinal match with Lee Westwood, who is ranked No. 3 in the world, on Sunday morning. He said Saturday evening that was the match he “wanted” and acknowledged that in retrospect he might have put too much focus there.
"It probably took me a few holes to get going but that's not really an excuse," McIlroy said.
WATCH: McIlroy chips in for eagle
CHAMPIONSHIP UPDATES (All times ET)
5:46 p.m. – Mahan has won the Accenture Match Play Championship with a 2-and-1 decision over Rory McIlroy, who is the No. 2 player in the world. Mahan putted his birdie attempt to 14 inches and McIlroy conceded the tap-in for the title.
5:37 p.m. – It’s all come down to this. McIlroy has a 29-footer for birdie while Mahan’s putt will come from 21. The Northern Irishman needs a birdie to extend the match. His putt is headed for the cup but stops 15 inches shy of the hole. Now it’s Mahan’s turn.
5:26 p.m. – Mahan’s birdie putt catches the left edge of the cup and refuses to drop. He makes the 3-footer to save par and the match is dormie. Minutes earlier, McIlroy’s birdie putt had stopped a mere 19 inches from the hole. Mahan 2 up through 16.
5:23 p.m. – Both finalists are safely on the green at the par-3 16th. McIlroy has the longest birdie putt from 38 feet while Mahan is 11 feet closer. Will the match end here?
5:20 p.m. – Mahan plays first and he’s chosen to putt, the ball stopping 11 inches from the hole. After McIlroy concedes the birdie, the Northern Irishman sizes up his own eagle putt. The ball rolls 4 feet by but McIlroy makes it coming back for his third straight birdie, this one to halve. Mahan 2 up through 15.
5:13 p.m. – McIlroy takes out his driver – no surprise – and his ball bounces on the putting surface and runs 30 feet by the hole. Mahan’s drive stops just short of the green, 43 feet from the pin.
5:09 p.m. – McIlroy responds by burying the birdie putt to win the hole. The driveable, 315-yard 15th should be even more interesting now. Mahan 2 up through 14.
5:06 p.m. – Rory McIlroy is running out of holes but he’s given himself a chance at the 14th hole with a pin-point approach that stopped 7 feet from the pin. First, though, Mahan putted from 53 to 5 feet to put a little pressure on the Northern Irishman.
4:54 p.m. – McIlroy hit a great putt that stopped a mere 13 inches from the pin. Mahan conceded that birdie, then walked back into the bunker to hit his third shot. He blasted out to 6 feet and made it for the tying birdie, despite putting into his shadow. Mahan 3 up through 13.
4:49 p.m. – The right greenside bunker gobbled up Mahan’s approach on the par-5 13th. McIlroy, who had outdriven his opponent by 20 yards, ended up at the bottom of the big undulating green about 69 feet from the hole in two.
4:40 p.m. – Mahan’s tee shot at the par-3 12th landed in the back fringe, 28 feet from the pin. McIlroy was on the putting surface, 27 feet, 6 inches away. Mahan misses and McIlroy concedes his par. Ditto for McIlroy when the roles are reversed. Mahan 3 up through 12.
4:32 p.m. – Finally McIlroy may have gotten a little momentum – chipping in for eagle to win the 11th hole. Mahan was in the deep rough beside the green at the par 5 in two but didn’t come close to answering. Mahan 3 up through 11.
4:18 p.m. – Take that. Mahan nearly holed his approach at the 10th hole, the ball rolling over the right edge and stopping 26 inches from the pin. McIlroy hit a great approach that covered the pin as well, but he couldn’t convert the 11-footer for birdie. Mahan 4 up through 10.
4:09 p.m. – For the first time in three holes, it’s a fairway and green in regulation for both players at the ninth hole. Mahan had a 56-footer that rolled 3 feet by the hole. McIlroy’s 25-footer stopped 19 inches away so Mahan had to make his par putt, which he did for the halve. Mahan 3 up through 9.
3:55 p.m. – Mahan’s birdie putt scared the hole but wouldn’t fall. So McIlroy had a chance to halve if he could convert his par putt but it, too, was off the mark. Mahan 3 up through 8.
3:52 p.m. – Another drive into the waste area at the par-5 eighth hole has proven costly for McIlroy. His second came up well short of the green and his third went over. Mahan found the green in two and putted from 68 feet to 8 feet, 6 inches before McIlroy chipped three inches closer.
3:43 p.m. – Mahan got the message and chipped 20 feet past the hole before McIlroy hit his third shot to 10 feet. Mahan missed his par putt but McIlroy conceded the 2-footer. When the world No. 2 missed his bogey putt Mahan had his second straight win – with a bogey, this time. Mahan 2 up through 7.
3:35 p.m. – Mahan and McIlroy hit their drives at the seventh hole within a yard of each other and their second within three yards left of the green. McIlroy chipped first – looking for a one-hopper – but the ball landed soft and rolled back down the hill.
3:24 p.m. – Mahan applied some pressure with a stellar 9-iron that settled 20 inches from the pin at the par-3 sixth. McIlroy went left and long, conceding Mahan’s birdie without even walking up to look. He knew what he needed to do, after all, but was unable to chip in to halve. Mahan 1 up through 6.
3:17 p.m. -- The championship contenders made their first pars of the day at the fifth hole after halving two holes with birdies and two others with bogeys. Each had a birdie putt; McIlroy’s from 29 feet and Mahan’s from 22. All square through 5.
3:05 p.m. – McIlroy’s third shot found the green but stopped 34 feet short of the hole. Mahan then blasted out of the bunker to 11 feet and missed the putt to save par. The hole was halved with bogeys after McIlroy made his from 3 feet. All square through 4.
3:01 p.m. – McIlroy went for it on the driveable par-4 fourth hole and his ball strayed right into the shrubs in the desert. Mahan, who had used an iron off the tee, then quickly hit his second shot into the greenside bunker without knowing what McIlroy was going to do. Had he known McIlroy was taking a drop would he have played it safer?
2:55 p.m. – Mahan putts first and the putt drops for his second straight birdie. In a classic case of anything-you-can-do-I–can-do-better, McIlroy makes his two. All square through 3.
2:50 p.m. – Rory McIlroy bogeyed the par-3 third each of the last three rounds. But he exacted a measure of revenge when he put his tee shot safely on and watched as it stopped 6 feet, 4 inches from the hole. Mahan is an inch farther away.
2:44 p.m. – Mahan had a difficult time with his big breaking 61-footer from just off the green, leaving it 13 feet short of the hole. McIlroy’s own eagle effort stopped 4 feet short – and it probably got even longer when Mahan made his for birdie – but the Northern Irishman converted. A ll square through 2.
2:41 p.m. – Mahan drove 316 yards into the desert but there was no issue with the prickly stuff. He put his second shot at the par 5 on the fringe of the green above the gaping greenside bunker. McIlroy hit his drive 334 yards into the fairway and his second to 25 feet for another eagle try.
2:25 p.m. – McIlroy’s second shot goes over the green but he chips to 2 feet to put the pressure on Mahan, who had also missed the green long. Mahan chipped to 19 feet and missed his par putt – but surprisingly so did the Northern Irishman. A ll square through 1.
2:20 p.m. – The two tee shots landed almost on the same line with Mahan 12 yards farther than his opponent. The temperature is about 25 degrees higher than when they teed off in the semifinals.
2:16 p.m. – Mahan is the first American to reach the finals since Tiger Woods played Stewart Cink in the finals in 2008.
2:12 p.m. – The championship match has never featured two players who are in their 20s before today. McIlroy is 22 while Mahan is 29, and the Northern Irishman has a chance to become the youngest winner of a World Golf Championships.
MARANA, Ariz. – Mark Wilson won Sunday’s consolation final against Lee Westwood 1 up to claim third place at the World Golf Championships-Accenture Match Play Championship. For Wilson, a five-time winner on the PGA TOUR, it’s his best finish in seven World Golf Championships starts.
The disappointment of not reaching the finals – he was beaten by Hunter Mahan in the semifinals – was tempered somewhat by beating Westwood, a No. 1 seed who came into this week ranked No. 3 in the world.
“Lee Westwood is obviously a great player and top-ranked player in the world,” Wilson said. “so it's pretty cool to beat him.”
Wilson never trailed in the match after winning the second hole with a birdie. After the 13th hole, he was 3 up, but Westwood won the next two holes to put pressure on him.
“I kind of had him 3-down there and I let him back in with my play on 14 and 15,” Wilson said. “But thankfully I came through with three pars at the end, and he didn't make any birdies on top of me.”
Here’s the hole-by-hole coverage of the match at the Ritz-Carlton Golf Club:
CONSOLATION UPDATES (All times ET)
5:45 p.m. – Westwood can’t drain the 22-footer for birdie that would have extended the match. Wilson wins 1 up
5:32 p.m. – Both players par the par-4 17th, with Westwood extending the match by making a 5-footer to save par. Wilson is headed for the 18th hole for the first time this week. Wilson 1 up through 17
5:19 p.m. – Westwood missed a birdie attempt from inside 9 feet that would have squared the match. Wilson 1 up through 16
5:10 p.m. – Westwood won his second consecutive hole, rolling in a 7-1/2 foot birdie putt at the drivable par-4 15th while Wilson missed his birdie attempt from 4 feet. Wilson 1 up through 15
5 p.m. – Wilson found the fairway bunker with his tee shot, then the greenside bunker with his third shot at the par-4 14th. That resulted in a bogey, as Westwood wins the hole. Wilson 2 up through 14
4:44 p.m. – Both players had birdie putts inside of four feet at the par-5 13th. But only Wilson made his. Wilson 3 up through 13
4:29 p.m. – Westwood gets up-and-down from the greenside bunker to halve the par-3 12th, but Wilson’s still in command. Wilson 2 up through 12
4:19 p.m. – Wilson birdied the par-5 11th with a 7-foot putt while Westwood had to settle for par. Wilson wins the hole. Wilson 2 up through 11
4:04 p.m. – Pars for both players at the par-4 10th. Westwood missed a golden opportunity to square the match when he missed a birdie putt from 6 feet. Wilson 1 up through 10
3:51 p.m. – Both players parred the par-4 ninth. Westwood had the best look at birdie but missed a 17-footer. Wilson 1 up through 9
3:37 p.m. – Both players birdied the par-5 eighth. Westwood had a two-putt birdie; Wilson chipped to 5-1/2 feet and made the putt. Wilson 1 up through 8
3:22 p.m. – Westwood bounces back with birdie at the par-4 seventh with a spectacular putt from the fairway, 41 feet, 2 inches from the pin. That’s the sixth longest putt by any player this week and allows Westwood to win the hole. Wilson 1 up through 7
3:11 p.m. – Westwood bogeys the par-3 sixth after his tee shot found the greenside bunker. He blasted out to 29 feet but couldn’t make the long par putt, giving Wilson the hole. Wilson 2 up through 6.
3:05 p.m. -- Par-4 fifth halved with pars. Wilson 1 up through 5
2:50 p.m. – The driveable par-4 fourth was tempting for Westwood and he delivered with a 329-yard drive that found the greenside bunker. He blasted out to 3 feet for the birdie that would give him the win after Wilson missed from 26 feet. Wilson 1 up through 4.
2:38 p.m. – Westwood put his tee shot in the water at the par-3 third hole. He hit his third shot to the edge of the green and chipped to 11 feet, the conceded the hole to Wilson, who was 10 feet away for par. Wilson 2 up through 3.
2:35 p.m. – Wilson did what he had trouble doing in the semifinals – he made a birdie at the par-5 second, rolling in a 12-footer to take the early advantage. Wilson 1 up through 2.
2:20 p.m. – And they’re off. The first hole was halved with two-putts from 35 feet for Westwood and 30 feet for Wilson. All square through 1.
2:02 p.m. – Speaking of FedExCup points, Lee Westwood will earn some for the first time in his career. Only PGA TOUR members are eligible, and Westwood has joined for 2012.
1:59 p.m. – Despite his semifinal loss, Mark Wilson is assured of his second top-five finish of the season. He won the Humana Challenge in partnership with the Clinton Foundation last month and currently ranks sixth in the FedExCup.