Saturday, December 03, 2016

Phillip Price wins place on lucrative

USA seniors' tour
By Kevin Casey 
The US PGA Champions (Seniors) Tour has five new members.
The circuit’s Q-School concluded Friday at Disney’s Magnolia Course in Lake Buena Vista, Florida  with the top five finishers earning cards for the 2017 season on the lucrative over-50s American tour.
Welshman Phillip Price, pictured above, and American Scott Parel led the way, as the pair co-medalled at 13-under  275 to secure their place on the Champions Tour. 
Bobby Gage, birdieing his last three holes, finished solo third at 11 under 277 for his, and Fran Quinn and Skip Kendall proved to be the remaining card-carriers after getting through a three-for-two play- off (with Gibby Gilbert III being the odd man out) for those finishing on nine-under 279.
Price, a three-time European Tour winner, actually opened the tournament in 73 but played his final 54 holes in 14 under (66-68-68) to secure his spot.
Still even with the slow start, Price went for the jugular on the final day.
“I wanted to try to win the Q-School because it would have been very easy to try and go out and get the fifth card, which I think would have made me very negative,” Price said.
 “I wanted to make birdies rather than to try not to make mistakes because I think I could have got myself in trouble with that mindset.”
After Quinn, a four-time Tour winner, birdied his final hole of regulation and then the the first extra hole to earn his card, that fifth spot came down to Kendall and Gilbert.
Kendall, also a four-time Tour winner, would birdie the very next hole, knocking his approach from a hazard to six feet to snatch that fifth and final spot.
Those who didn’t make the top five didn’t go away empty handed. The finishers from sixth through 30th (and ties) gained associate membership, which affords players access to tournament qualifying and the ability to bypass pre-qualifying.
Jose Coceres and Frenchman Jean Van de Velde, the man who threw away the 1999 Open championship,  were among the notables to gain associate membership.

par 288 (4x72)
275 Scott Parel (USA) 65 72 69 69, Phillip Price (Wales) 73 66 68 68
277 Bobby Gage (USA) 71 70 69 67
279 (after play-off) Fran Quinn (USA) 69 72 70 68, Skip Kendall (USA) 67 70 70 72

279 (lost play-off) Gibby Gilbert (USA) 72 70 70 67
283 Miguel Angel Martin (Spain) 74 70 71 68 (T17)
287 Stephen Dodd (Wales) 74 77 72 69, Jean Van de Velde (France) 70 75 71 71 (T28)
291 Barry Lane (England) 75 72 73 71 (T41)
305 Paul McGinley (Ireland) 85 75 72 73 (T72)





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