Five to watch heading into Final Stage of Q School
December 02, 2019
By Staff, PGATOUR.COM
- December 02, 2019
- Brandel Chamblee is in Final Stage of Q School this week in Arizona. (Getty Images)
Final Stage of PGA TOUR Champions Qualifying Tournament starts on Tuesday at TPC Scottsdale in Arizona. There are 78 players in the field vying for five full-time exempt spots for the 2020 season.
Here are five to keep an eye on.
1. Brandel Chamblee takes off his Golf Channel commentator hat and laces up the golf cleats in his first Final Stage. Chamblee competed in five PGA TOUR Champions events on sponsor exemptions in 2019. His best finish was a T46 at The Ally Challenge. His scoring average was 72.33 over 13 rounds. At The Ally Challenge, Chamblee showed flashes with back-to-back under par rounds (70-69). He also played in The Senior Open Championship in 2018, but missed the cut.
2. There are three major championship winners in the field. Shaun Micheel (2003 PGA Championship), Todd Hamilton (2004 Open Championship) and Michael Campbell (2005 U.S. Open) all have to go through Final Stage to earn starts in 2020. Micheel made 12 starts on PGA TOUR Champions in 2019 while Campbell made four and Hamilton made three. If this doesn't show you the level of competition and how hard it is to get starts, not sure what would.
3. Carlos Franco has played full-time on PGA TOUR Champions each of the last five years. He won in 2016 (Shaw Charity Classic) and 2017 (Bass Pro Shops Legends of Golf), but stumbled a bit in 2019 and finished 57th on the Schwab Cup Standings. Franco had two top ten finishes in 2019 including a tie for second with Vijay Singh at the Bass Pro Shops Legends of Golf. Franco is a four-time winner on PGA TOUR with his most recent coming at the 2004 U.S. Bank in Milwaukee. He also played on two Presidents Cup teams for the International side.
4. Thongchai Jaidee of Thailand may very well be a favorite this week. He won First Stage in California by three shots with a four-day score of 13 under. He turned in rounds of 61-73-71-66. He made eight birdies and an eagle to turn in the opening round 61. Jaidee has been a staple on the Asian Tour for a long time, collecting 13 career wins, second most all time. He also has eight career wins on the European Tour. Jaidee just turned 50 in November.
5. Brett Quigley, the nephew of Dana, turned 50 in August and will compete in his first Final Stage. Brett has 34 career top 10s on the PGA TOUR and played as recently on TOUR as the 2019 Bermuda Championship. He has also kept fresh on the Korn Ferry Tour over the last three years with 11 starts. Brett got his feet wet on PGA TOUR Champions this year with a start at the Shaw Charity Classic. He finished T64. Dana won 11 times on PGA TOUR Champions.