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PGA Tour Establishes New Qualifying Conditions Beginning in '13
Published July 12, 2012
DIFFERENT STROKES: The Washington Post’s John Feinstein, who wrote the '07 best-seller "Tales From Q-School," said of the new format, “It's the field of dreams aspect that many players talk about and the notion you can play your way from nowhere in the golf pantheon, to being on to the tour and then perhaps winning on the Tour and having big success on the Tour. That goes away because you can’t play your way from nowhere onto the Tour. You have to go through these several stages now, from Web.com to the PGA Tour” (“Morning Drive,” Golf Channel, 7/11). Golf Channel’s Tripp Isenhour said of the new road to the PGA Tour, “One con would be you’d eliminate the possibility for a young superstar to play six rounds of golf at finals of Q-School and go straight to the PGA Tour. But I think that argument is somewhat dulled because there are so many opportunities now for them to get on the PGA Tour through this new system and sometimes you can fake it for 108 holes. It’s very tough to fake it over three 72-hole events and they’re all million-dollar purses" (“Golf Central,” Golf Channel, 7/10).