Meet the 45 (and ties): Who advanced through Final Stage?
December 10, 2017
By Kevin Prise, PGATOUR.COM
Lee McCoy wins final stage at Web.com Tour Q-School
CHANDLER, Ariz. -- The final round of Final Stage of the Web.com Tour Qualifying Tournament wrapped up Sunday afternoon at Whirlwind Golf Club’s Cattail and Devil’s Claw courses, with Tampa-area native Lee McCoy capturing medalist honors with a 28-under total for 72 holes.
Here's what was at stake during Final Stage ...
• The medalist receives fully exempt status on the 2018 Web.com Tour.
• Finishers 2-10 (and ties) are guaranteed entry into the first 12 events of the 2018 Web.com Tour Regular Season.
• Finishers 11-45 (and ties) are guaranteed entry into the first eight events of the 2018 Web.com Tour Regular Season.
• The remainder of the field receives conditional status on the 2018 Web.com Tour.
Who successfully navigated Final Stage to secure guaranteed starts on the 2018 Web.com Tour?
Here's a breakdown of the players who got the job done at Whirlwind GC ...
1. Lee McCoy.
The University of Georgia alum had to withdraw from the 2016 Web.com Tour Qualifying Tournament due to an injury suffered in a car accident, but he came back stronger than ever in 2017, finishing sixth on the Mackenzie Tour-PGA TOUR Canada Order of Merit to gain direct entry to Final Stage.
McCoy took advantage with a nearly flawless performance at Whirlwind GC, displaying the form that led to a standout career as a Bulldog and a fourth-place finish at the 2016 Valspar Championship as an amateur.
With rounds of 65-67-63-65, McCoy can play the 2018 season without needing to worry about the reshuffle at any point, as he strives to secure PGA TOUR membership via The 25.
Guaranteed 12 starts
2. Sung-Jae Im
3. Mark Blakefield, Curtis Luck
5. Kent Bulle, Brian Richey
7. Alex Kang, Mark Hubbard, Bio Kim
10. Ryan Yip, Maverick McNealy, Max Marsico, Sam Burns, Garrett Osborn, Connor Arendell
Guaranteed eight starts
16. Chip Lynn, Cameron Champ, Chris Thompson, Conner Godsey, Jose Toledo, Ben Taylor
23. Stuart MacDonald, Sebastian Cappelen, Gerardo Ruiz, Albin Choi, Christian Brand, Max Rottluff, Wyndham Clark
30. Seann Harlingten, Joey Garber, Matt Ryan, Chad Ramey, Patrick Newcomb, Edward Loar, Grant Leaver, Fernando Mechereffe, Hank Lebioda, Nick Rousey, Bryan Bigley, Bo Hoag
42. Mark Baldwin, Kevin Dougherty, Chase Wright, Kyle Jones, Brad Hopfinger, Brandon Crick, Patrick Sullivan, Brandon Matthews, Trevor Murphy, Erik Barnes, Justin Lower, Seth Fair, Michael Weaver, Jhared Hack, Brady Schnell