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  • Ten players to watch

    The Final Stage of the Web.com Tour Qualifying Tournament begins at PGA National this week. Here are the players you'll want to keep an eye on

  • Rhein Gibson made the cut at this year's British Open. (Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
    Rhein Gibson made the cut at this year's British Open. (Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

Final Stage of this year’s Web.com Tour Qualifying Tournament is upon us, with over 150 players teeing it up at PGA National in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, in hopes of securing strong Web.com Tour status for the 2015 season.

All players in the field at Final Stage, which begins on Thursday, have earned the right to be here. Some had to advance through pre-qualifying, as well as First and Second Stages. Others were exempt through various stages, by virtue of accomplishments earlier this season or in previous years.

Final Stage is a six-round event contested over two tracks: PGA National’s Champion and Fazio courses (Champion also hosts the PGA TOUR’s Honda Classic as part of its late-winter Florida swing).

The medalist at Final Stage will be fully exempt on the Web.com Tour for the 2015 season, while the top 10 finishers will be assured of a spot until the third reshuffle of 2015. Finishers No. 11-45 will be assured of entry until the second reshuffle, and the rest of the field will earn conditional status based on order of finish.

This week’s field is an eclectic mix of seasoned veterans with TOUR experience, rookies fresh out of college, and everyone in between.

PGATOUR.com has selected 10 players who are likely to have a strong week at Final Stage (listed alphabetically, not in any particular order):


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Dominic Bozzelli (Rochester, N.Y.)
The 23-year-old finished T18 at First Stage (Callaway Gardens) and placed an impressive T2 at second stage (The Deerwood Club). Last December, Bozzelli graduated from Auburn University, where he was a two-time All-American in three seasons. Bozzelli won four times on the NGA Tour in 2014, and he had two top-10 finishes in five Web.com Tour starts. His game seems to be rising fast.

Josh Broadaway (Dothan, Ala.)
Broadaway is a longtime fixture on the Web.com Tour, but he struggled some in 2014 and finished No. 90 on the money list. He was exempt directly to Final Stage, and his game was the upswing at the end of the 2014 Regular Season: he recorded two top-15 finishes in his last four starts, including a T6 at the News Sentinel Open Presented by Pilot. Broadaway has played the Web.com Tour full time since 2006, and he intends on returning with a flourish.

Rhein Gibson (Edmond, Okla.)
The 28-year-old Australia native hasn’t had significant professional success to date, but he has proven that he can go low. In May 2012, Gibson shot 16-under 55 at River Oaks GC in Edmond, Oklahoma, a round later recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records as the lowest of all time. He also made the cut at this year’s British Open, where he played with Tiger Woods and Jordan Spieth in the third round. Gibson was exempt to Second Stage, where he finished T4 at the Deerwood Club.

Oliver Goss (Perth, AUSTRALIA)
The 20-year old Australian opted to leave the University of Tennessee after two seasons, but one would have a hard time arguing the decision. Goss had a wide range of success as an amateur: he won a PGA Tour of Australasia event in 2012; and he was runner-up at the 2013 U.S. Amateur, which gained him entry into this year’s Masters (made cut) and U.S. Open (missed cut). He played five TOUR events after turning pro in summer 2014, making three cuts, and he placed T15 at Second Stage at TPC Craig Ranch.

Frank Lickliter II (Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.)
The 45-year-old veteran, a two-time winner on TOUR, advanced to Final Stage with a gritty T13 performance at his second-stage site (Southern Hills Plantation Club). Lickliter has competed sporadically over the past few seasons, but he knows how to handle the rigors of Q-School: he shot 29 under for six rounds at the PGA TOUR Qualifying Tournament in 2007, earning medalist honors at Orange County National GC. Seven years later, perhaps another medalist-worthy performance is in store.

Timothy Madigan (Las Cruces, N.M.)
The 25-year-old New Mexico State graduate enters the week with plenty of momentum from the PGA TOUR Canada season, where he finished No. 3 on the money list to earn a trip directly to Final Stage. Madigan won PGA TOUR Canada’s The Players Cup in mid-July, after already recording a pair of top-three finishes earlier in the season. After seeing PGA TOUR Canada alum Nick Taylor win on TOUR this fall, he has plenty of inspiration.

Trey Mullinax (Mount Olive, Ala.)
Mullinax breezed through pre-qualifying, First Stage and Second Stage (finishing T8 or better at each site) to earn a spot at Final Stage. Mullinax completed his illustrious career at the University of Alabama in 2013-14, when he was a second-team All-American in helping lead the Crimson Tide to its second consecutive national title. He recorded seven top-10 finishes as a senior at Alabama, and he appears poised for continued success moving forward.

Anthony Paolucci (Rancho Santa Fe, Calif.)
Paolucci once ranked as the No. 1 junior in the United States -- appeared poised for big things at the University of Southern California. His college career, although steady, never lived up to the hype, but Paolucci is ready to turn over a new leaf as a professional. He finished T17 at First Stage (Southern Dunes GC) and T9 at Second Stage (Bear Creek GC), and he’ll look for the upward trend to continue at Final Stage.

D.J. Trahan (Mt. Pleasant, S.C.)
The two-time TOUR winner has struggled to sustain success of late, but Trahan finished a strong T4 at his Second Stage site (Plantation Preserve GC) and he’ll look for his considerable talent to shine through at PGA National. Trahan, 33, was a two-time first-team All-American at Clemson in the early 2000s, and he held full TOUR status for eight consecutive seasons from 2005 to 2012. His game is bound to come back around at some point, and Q-School would be the ideal place to start.

Cameron Wilson ( Rowayton, Conn.)
He could be the next big thing on the Web.com Tour. The Stanford graduate earned individual medalist honors at this year’s NCAA individual championship at Prairie Dunes GC, becoming the Cardinal’s first men’s individual champion since Tiger Woods. A few days later, he qualified for the U.S. Open at Pinehurst No. 2. Wilson played the TOUR’s Frys.com Open in early October, finishing T31, prior to advancing through both First and Second Stages of Q-School.