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December 5 2011

9:40 PM

Sheehan headed back to TOUR

LA QUINTA, Calif. -- With just seven made cuts in 20 starts and zero top-25s on the Nationwide Tour, Patrick Sheehan didn’t exactly have the kind of year he was looking for. But the 42-year-old, who works with his younger brother Chris as his swing coach, was more concerned about using the year as a building one to fix the bad habits he’d fallen into with his swing.

After finishing at 10 under at q-school following a final-round 66, he’ll now have the opportunity to do that on the PGA TOUR.

The last time Sheehan played on TOUR was in 2009, when he split his season between the Nationwide Tour and the PGA TOUR.

“With the stuff I saw this week with the improvements, if it keeps moving in that direction my expectations will be a little higher,” Sheehan said. “My ball-striking is better than when I was out there. I love the way I played the last three days.”

Meanwhile, the magic number to secure a TOUR card, is currently at 8 under with 28 players at that mark or better. Three of those 28 already have secured a TOUR card via the Nationwide Tour.

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