Wednesday, December 18, 2013


By Sean Martin, PGATOUR.COM
The Tour Qualifying Tournament concluded Tuesday at PGA West in La Quinta, Calif., where Zack Fischer won medalist honors with a stirring 8-under 64 during the sixth and final round. 
Dornoch exile Jimmy Gunn, the only Scot in the field, finished jt sixth on 23-under-par 409 with scores of 68, 70, 64, 66, 70 and 71.
He is guaranteed at least 12 starts on the Tour and his cheque for $15,000 is the biggest since he turned pro at 27 and 
went to America to play on mini-tours.
Here's a look at where each player finished and what status was earned:
No. 1: exempt for the 2014 season and from periodic re-order.
1. Zack Fischer: 31-under 401 (75-67-66-65-64-64)
Zack Fischer was just trying to get back to even par after his first-round 75 at the Tour Qualifying Tournament. He was tied for 130th in the 152-man field after the first of six rounds.
He didn’t just claw back into contention. He won the tournament, shooting 34 under par in his next five rounds. He had just three bogeys over the final 90 holes, compared to 33 birdies and two eagles. By winning Q-School, Fischer is fully exempt throughout the 2014 season.
“Negative. Very negative,” Fischer said when asked to describe his emotions after the first round. He birdied his final two holes of the tournament, making a 25-footer on the final hole to clinch a two-shot victory over Scott Pinckney. Fischer stood to the side of the green as his playing partners putted out, his hat off and head down, overwhelmed by the emotions of a long week. He closed with two consecutive bogey-free 64s.
“I was just saying a prayer and thanking the Lord for giving me the chance to be here,” Fischer said. "It’s still really surreal."
Fischer, 24, played collegiate golf at Texas-Arlington. He Monday qualified for three PGA TOUR events in 2013 – missing two cuts and finishing 68th at the HP Byron Nelson Championship -- and also made the U.S. Open (MC) by beating three-time PGA TOUR winner Ryan Palmer in a 12-hole playoff in sectional qualifying.
Nos. 2-11: Exempt until the third reshuffle of the 2014 season, which occurs after 12th event.
2. Scott Pinckney (age 24, born Orem, Utah, college Arizona State)
Former Arizona State All-American was childhood friends with Rory McIlroy. Turned pro in 2011 and spent 2012 on European and Challenge tours before returning to Tour in 2013.

T3. Tony Finau (24, Salt Lake City, none)
Turned pro out of high school with brother Gipper and became known for long-driving ability. Beat PGA TOUR player Daniel Summerhays in 2006 Utah Amateur final. Earned Tour status for the first time.

T3. Sung Joon Park (27, South Korea, Myongji)
Is No. 96 in the Official World Golf Ranking after finishing fifth on Japan Tour Order of Merit in 2013. Had one win and four runners-up this year.

T3. Steve Saunders (26, Albuquerque, N.M., New Mexico)
Comes from golf family. Father and two uncles played college golf. Father, Dave, owns golf store in Albuquerque. Steve was a 2009 All-American at New Mexico.

T6. Max Homa (23, Burbank, Calif., Cal)
The 2013 NCAA individual champion turned pro in September after Walker Cup. Finished T-9 in pro debut at Open, then T-30 at Shriners Hospitals for Children Open. Will likely receive handful of PGA TOUR exemptions in 2014, as well.

T6. Bronson Burgoon (26, The Woodlands, Texas, Texas A and M)
Finished seventh on PGA TOUR Latinoamerica money list after finishing eighth or better in final four starts, including three top-threes. Was hero of Texas A&M’s 2009 NCAA title, hitting wedge to inches on final hole to clinch victory.

T6. Jimmy Gunn (33, Scotland, no US university)
409 (23 under par) 68 70 64 66 70 71

Was caddie at famed Royal Dornoch in Scotland until turning pro at 27 and moving to United States to play mini-tours. Will be first season on Tour.
9. Chris Epperson (31, Savannah, Ga., Armstrong Atlantic)
Finished eighth on PGA TOUR Canada Order of Merit after finishing in top 10 in six of nine starts. Held four-shot lead after Q-School’s first two rounds, but fell down leaderboard after shooting 3 over in next three rounds. Final-round 63 got him in all-important top 10.

10. Carlos Sainz Jr. (28, Chicago, Mississippi State)
Bogey-free 63 – including birdies on Nos. 11-15 -- in final round got him into solo 10th place, guaranteeing himself four additional starts at start of year. Finished ninth on PGA TOUR Canada Order of Merit this year, including win at The Players Cup.

Nos. 11-45: Exempt until the second reshuffle of the 2014 season, which occurs after eighth event.

Name Age Birthplace College
T11. Sam Saunders 26 Orlando, Fla. Clemson
T11. Nick Taylor 25 Canada Washington
T11. Andy Pope 29 Glen Ellyn, Ill. Xavier
14. Brad Schneider 25 Brandon, Fla. Central Florida
T15. Jared Wolfe 25 Louisville, Ky. Murray State
T15. Roger Sloan 26 Canada Texas-El Paso
T15. Mark Hubbard 24 Denver San Jose State
T15. Steve Allan 40 Australia None
T15. Jeff Gove 42 Seattle Pepperdine
T15. Albin Choi 21 Canada North Carolina State
T15. Carlos Ortiz 22 Mexico North Texas
T22. Matt Hendrix 32 Aiken, S.C. Clemson
T22. Blayne Barber 23 Tallahassee, Fla. Auburn
T22. Si Woo Kim 18 South Korea None
T22. Cam Burke 26 Canada Eastern Michigan
T26. Roger Tambellini 38 San Luis Obispo, Calif. Southern California
T26. Jonathan Fricke 31 Stone Mountain, Ga. Georgia State
T26. Sebastian Vazquez 23 Mexico Anahuac
T26. Ryan Armour 37 Akron, Ohio Ohio State
T26. Josh Broadaway 35 Albany, Ga. Troy State
T26. Brett Lederer 29 Long Beach, Calif. Long Beach State
T26. Zach Fullerton 26 Gallup, N.M. New Mexico State
T32. Jonathan Randolph 25 Brandon, Miss. Mississippi
T32. Chase Wright 24 Muncie, Ind. Indiana
T32. Harold Varner III 23 Akron, Ohio East Carolina
T32. Daniel Berger 20 Jupiter, Fla. Florida State
T32. Justin Thomas 20 Louisville, Ky. Alabama
T38. Nathan Tyler 31 Freeport, Texas Arizona
T38. Colt Knost 28 Garrettsville, Ohio Southern Methodist
T38. Kyle Stough 25 Laurel, Md. Virginia
T38. Darron Stiles 40 St. Petersburg, Fla. Florida Southern
T42. Chris Baker 27 Seymour, Ind. Iowa State
T42. Tyler Weworski 23 Oceanside, Calif. Texas Tech
T42. Jon Curran 26 Hopkinton, Mass. Vanderbilt
T42. Matt Fast 27 Baton Rouge, La. Mississippi State
T42. Jake Younan 26 Australia Texas Tech
T42. Vince India 24 Deerfield, Ill. Iowa
T42. Travis Bertoni 29 San Luis Obispo, Calif. Cal Poly
T42. Zack Sucher 27 Atlanta Alabama-Birmingham

Those who finished beyond T42nd will follow the above groups and be slotted according to their Qualifying Tournament finish, with their first re-ranking taking place after the fourth tournament of the year.

-- The 152 participants who competed at the Qualifying Tournament over the last six days will join the approximately 90 other players who already secured Tour status via 2013 performance.
-- The 2014 Tour season gets underway Feb. 6-9 at the Panama Claro Championship in Panama City, Panama.





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