By The Numbers: Monday qualifying is tough

Talk about taking the long road to the top.

Monday qualifying for a US PGA Tour event, is about the toughest road you can take if you have any hope of succeeding on the richest golf tour in the world.

Corey Conners Corey Conners won a PGA Tour event after Monday qualifying (Credit: PGA Tour)

Our own Aussie star, two-time Australian Open champion Aaron Baddeley has been forced to pre-qualify twice this year – and both times made it into the field before going on to finish in a tie for fourth one of those weeks.

Still even that pales when compared to Canadian Corey Conners, who has pre-qualified on a Monday three times this season and turned that into success when he became the first Monday qualifier to win a PGA Tour title since 2010 and just the fifth overall since 1980 with his victory in April at the Valero Texas Open.

The 27-year-old Canadian also finished in a tie for third (after qualifying) for the Sony Open in January.

It has been well documented how there are so few spots available for those prepared to take the Monday gamble.

And reports suggest it is only getting tougher.

According to a Twitter feed that keeps tabs on the Monday qualifying events, if you shot these impressive scores in this season’s Monday qualifiers:

67-67-67-67-65-68-69-66-69-67-67-68-67-69-69-68-72-68-67-65-66-65-67-68, then guess what? you’d still miss out on playing in any of the events you were aiming to get into.

Indeed the average last-spot score at a Monday qualifier this year was 66.42.

It gets worse…three times, a 64 was needed to grab the last spot in the field.

So, in effect, you could go out and shoot 65 on any of those three days, come in patting yourself on the back for a fine round of golf, only to find out you didn’t even make the field.

Now that is rough.