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Q-School Facing Downgrade

Q-School Facing Downgrade

 

Q-School’s 2012 version awarded a PGA tour card as a prize. But this may be the last time that happens. Q-School is a qualifying process golfers must go through before they can earn a PGA Tour membership.

Change is on the way when it comes to how golfers qualify for the PGA tour, with a revamping of the qualification process. By 2013, Q-School will only be awarding Nationwide Tour cards, rather than entry into the PGA tour.

To qualify for a spot on the PGA tour, golfers who wish to join the famous group must participate in a three-week tournament, which will be held after the Nationwide Tour. Only fifty golfers will be given PGA Tour cards, which they can use for the next season. These fifty golfers will be selected from the 150 players who finish at certain rankings in the Nationwide Tour and on the PGA Tour money list.

PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem said, “Anytime you make a change, human nature is to ask: Why are we changing? If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. There’s another way to look at things — that when things are going pretty well, that’s the time to get better. That’s the philosophy we have embraced.”

Tour officials believe that golfers who spend a year playing on the Nationwide Tour are better prepared to enter the PGA Tour. This is the main reason why the change was pushed through.

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