Death or Glory: PGA Tour Q-School Finals

Golf’s most gruelling test, the PGA Tour Qualifying School Finals, is about to be played for the final time from November 28 – December 3 at PGA West’s TPC Stadium and Nicklaus Tournament courses in La Quinta, California.

With only 25 cards on offer at the end of six rounds, it is the ultimate torture test for any golfer looking to secure a card on the world’s richest tour.

Nick O'Hern Nick O’Hern (Credit: Anthony Powter)

For the Australians in the field – Steve Allan, Steven Bowditch, Gavin Coles, Adam Crawford, Marcus Fraser, Mat Goggin, Ashley Hall, Luke Hickmott, Matt Jones, Bryden Macpherson, James Nitties, Nick O’Hern and Rod Pampling – many will have been down this path before and know full well the challenge and potential opportunities that lie ahead.

Many like Crawford, Macpherson and Hall, will be thrilled to be at this stage with a chance to join the PGA Tour for the first time while for others like Pampling, who was inside the coveted Top 125 with an event to play only to miss the cut, being in this position will be bittersweet and a path well trodden.

With the PGA Tour changing its qualifying rules next season, this will be the last Q School in this format, with players qualifying for the main Tour in future via a restructured Web.Com Tour Finals pathway.

From 2013, any player on the PGA Tour who does not make the FedEx Cup Playoffs, will play alongside the leading money winners from the Web.Com Tour in a Web.Com Final Series, that will determine the 50 players who will earn PGA Tour cards for the following season.