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Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Q School Day 1

Day One of Q School is in the books.  As I said in yesterday's blog, due to this being a six day and two course tournament one shouldn't over analyze results on the first day, but rather after two rounds when everyone has played both courses.  That said, here are some first round thoughts.

  • While the pairings are reminiscent of the U.S. Open, the course set up certainly wasn't.  106 of the 172 golfers are under par and the lead is -8.
  • Both courses could be had today, but it looks like (not surprisingly) the Nicklaus course (NT) played a little easier than the Stadium Course (SC).
  • At a very casual glance, -4 on the NT course or -2 on the SC would put anyone in good shape.  The PGA Tour cut after day one is -4 (T26 because several people above that number are qualified via Nationwide Tour and trying to improve their status).
  • While no one is "out of the tournament" at this point, anyone over par is going to have to fight the urge to press to make up ground. 
  • A very early guess would be the Top 25 cut off coming somewhere between -16 and -20 with my best guess being -17.
Here are how some of The Golf Aficionado's (TGA) early pics fared.

Q School Dandy Dozen (3 most likely to advance are starred * and 3 most likely to WD or finish outside the top 130 are marked #).  With one exception, pretty good pics to start.
  1. Vaughn Taylor * (-7) T3 NT
  2. Jeff Maggert * (-6) T7 SC
  3. Shaun Micheel (-5) T10 NT
  4. Dickey Pride # (oops) (-5) T10 SC
  5. Dean Wilson (-5) T10 NT
  6. Daniel Chopra (-2) T61 NT
  7. David Duval * (E) T107 SC
  8. Rich Beem (E) T107 SC
  9. Jason Gore (+1) T126 SC
  10. Len Mattiace #  (+1) T126 SC
  11. Boo Weekly (+2) T146 NT
  12. Carlos Franco # (+4) T163 SC
PGA / Nationwide Tour Veterans (* means 3 most likely to advance pre tournament)
  1. Will McGirt * (-7) T3 NT
  2. Matt Jones (-5) T10 NT
  3. Roland Thatcher * (-4) T26 NT
  4. Jarrod Lyle (-4) T26 NT
  5. Colt Knost (-3) T43 NT
  6. James Nitties (-2) T61 SC
  7. Bob May (-2) T61 NT
  8. Tommy Biershenk * (-2) T61 SC
  9. Paul Claxton (+1) T126 SC
  10. Nathan Green (+2) T146 NT
Minitour / Journeymen / Rookie (* pre tournament most likely to advance) Can you say "nailed it!"
  1. Harris English * (-4) T26 SC
  2. Sam Saunders * (-4) T26 NT
  3. Matt Davidson * (-4) T26 SC
  4. Doug Barron (-3) T43 NT
  5. Jeff Corr (-1) T87 NT
  6. Anthony Rodriguez (-1) T87 NT
  7. Jimmy Brandt (+1) T126 SC
  8. Benoit Beisser (+2) T146 NT
  9. Ty Tryon (+6) T171 SC
  10. Brian Duncan (+6) T171 SC
More to come tomorrow!

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