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PGA Tour Qualifying Tournament

The annual PGA Tour Qualifying Tournament, also known as Qualifying School or Q-School, was historically the main method by which golfers earned PGA Tour playing privileges, commonly known as a Tour card. Beginning in 2013, Q-School grants privileges only for the Korn Ferry Tour, the PGA Tour's official developmental circuit. The first tournament was played in 1965.[1] In several early years (1968–69, 1975–81), two separate tournaments were played, one in the spring and one in the fall.[1] The format of the tournament has changed several times, ranging from a 72-hole tournament to a 144-hole tournament.[1] The current format (in place since 1982) is 108 holes over six days in late November and early December.[1] Before 2013, the top 25 players and ties earned their tour cards.[1] The next set of fifty finishers earned full Korn Ferry Tour cards.[2] The remaining participants received conditional Korn Ferry Tour status.

The 2012 Qualifying Tournament was the last to grant playing privileges for the PGA Tour. On March 20, 2012, the tour announced radical changes to its season structure and qualifying process,[3] and announced further details on July 10 of that year.[4]

The 2013 season ended with The Tour Championship in September, and the 2014 season began the following month. Since then, the Qualifying Tournament only grants playing privileges for the Korn Ferry Tour (known as the Nationwide Tour at the time of the March 2012 announcement). A new series of three tournaments known as the Korn Ferry Tour Finals, held in September, grants 50 PGA Tour cards to a field consisting of the top 75 on the Korn Ferry Tour money list and the golfers placed 126 to 200 on the PGA Tour's FedEx Cup points list. The top 25 on the Korn Ferry Tour money list before the Finals receive PGA Tour cards, with total money earned in the Finals determining the remaining 25 card earners.[4]

WinnersEdit

Year Winner Country Cards
2012 Lee Dong-hwan   South Korea 26
2011 Brendon Todd   United States 29
2010 Billy Mayfair   United States 29
2009 Troy Merritt   United States 25
2008 Harrison Frazar   United States 28
2007 Frank Lickliter   United States 26
2006 George McNeill   United States 40
2005 J. B. Holmes   United States 32
2004 Brian Davis   England 35
2003 Mathias Grönberg   Sweden 34
2002 Jeff Brehaut   United States 38
2001 Pat Perez   United States 36
2000 Stephen Allan   Australia 36
1999 Blaine McCallister   United States 40
1998 Mike Weir   Canada 41
1997 Scott Verplank   United States 38
1996 Allen Doyle
Jimmy Johnston
  United States
  United States
49
1995 Carl Paulson   United States 42
1994 Woody Austin   United States 46
1993 Ty Armstrong
Robin Freeman
Dave Stockton, Jr.
  United States
  United States
  United States
46
1992 Skip Kendall
Masahiro Kuramoto
Perry Moss
Brett Ogle
Neale Smith
  United States
  Japan
  United States
  Australia
  Australia
43
1991 Mike Standly   United States 48
1990 Duffy Waldorf   United States 49
1989 David Peoples   United States 59
1988 Robin Freeman   United States 52
1987 John Huston   United States 54
1986 Steve Jones   United States 53
1985 Tom Sieckmann   United States 50
1984 Paul Azinger   United States 50
1983 Willie Wood   United States 57
1982 Donnie Hammond   United States 50
1981 fall Tim Graham
Robert Thompson
  United States
  United States
34
1981 spring Billy Glisson   United States 25
1980 fall Bruce Douglass   United States 27
1980 spring Jack Spradlin   United States 27
1979 fall Tom Jones   United States 27
1979 spring Terry Mauney   United States 25
1978 fall John Fought
Jim Thorpe
  United States
  United States
27
1978 spring Wren Lum   United States 28
1977 fall Ed Fiori   United States 34
1977 spring Phil Hancock   United States 26
1976 fall Keith Fergus   United States 29
1976 spring Woody Blackburn
Bob Shearer
  United States
  Australia
15
1975 fall Jerry Pate   United States 25
1975 spring Joey Dills   United States 13
1974 Fuzzy Zoeller   United States 19
1973 Ben Crenshaw   United States 23
1972 John Adams
Larry Stubblefield
  United States
  United States
25
1971 Bob Zender   United States 23
1970 Robert Barbarossa   Canada 18
1969 fall Doug Olson   United States 12
1969 spring Bob Eastwood   United States 12
1968 fall Grier Jones   United States 30
1968 spring Bob Dickson   United States 15
1967 Bobby Cole   South Africa 30
1966 Harry Toscano   United States 32
1965 John Schlee   United States 17

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d e "Past champions: PGA Tour National Qualifying Tournament". PGA Tour. December 7, 2009. Archived from the original on October 26, 2012.
  2. ^ "Q-School Finals - Tournament Information". PGA Tour. Retrieved September 5, 2013.
  3. ^ "PGA Tour announces changes". ESPN.com. March 21, 2012. Retrieved March 23, 2012.
  4. ^ a b Dell, John (July 10, 2012). "Web.com impact expanded with qualifying changes". PGA Tour. Retrieved September 5, 2013.

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