December 6 2010
Jospeh Bramlett just became the first African American in 25 years to successfully make it through the final stage of q-school when he shot a 68 Monday to finish the week at 11 under and well inside the top 25.
“It’s been too long,” said Bramlett, who like Tiger Woods attended Stanford University, where he graduated in just under four years and recovered from two injuries to his right wrist. “To finally end that 25-year drought means the world to me, my family and everyone who’s helped me along the way.”
At one point Monday, Bramlett looked like he might not get his PGA TOUR card after back-to-back bogeys on his second and third holes on the Crooked Cat Course. He bounced back, though with a birdie on the par-5 fourth hole before adding five straight birdies between Nos. 8 and 12. Bramlett added one more birdie on the 17th hole.
“I told myself I had 15 holes to get a PGA TOUR card,” Bramlett said of the early bogeys. “I’ve never had that opportunity before so I just wanted to make the most of it.”
Bramlett certainly did that, and Tiger Woods took notice, saying on his Twitter account: “Congrats to Joe Bramlett for making it through q-school. Amazing feat considering he sat out a whole year with wrist injury. Can't wait to play with him next season.”
It won’t be the first time Bramlett has played with Woods. The two played two practice rounds together at this year’s U.S. Open at Pebble Beach and Woods hosts a collegiate even at Isleworth and has practiced with the Stanford team in the past.
“I’m not going to lie, it feels like a dream,” Bramlett said of getting his card. “It’s hard to even put into words.”