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Thursday, November 29, 2012

Q School - Round 2

Yesterday we harped on the point that the "true" Q School leaderboard would be revealed after the second round, when the players had each played both courses. Well, Meen Whee Kim got it to 13-under with his 9-under 63 on the Stadium Course. He is one clear of veteran Vaughn Taylor. First-round leader Steve LeBrun is tied for third at 11-under after a solid 3-under 69.

Here's what we know (or at least think we know) through 36 holes:
  • While we don't know who will earn any of the cards yet, we know one man who won't. D.J. Trahan became the first to withdraw after finishing 36 holes at 4-over. In our Monday preview we mentioned that certain players would be likely to withdraw if things don't go well early. Trahan fits the profile, as he holds past champion status and finished in the 126-150 category on the 2012 money list. The only other player I see as a possible W/D candidate at the present time is Scott Brown at 10-over. He also has 126-150 status.
  • The current PGA TOUR cut line is a deep 7-under. That means any player not currently under par has plenty of ground to make up. A player over par with no PGA TOUR status for 2013 should consider paying closer attention to being in the group of the next 50 immediately following the TOUR grads for plenty of Web.com Tour starts. That number is dangling around 2 to 3-under.
  • Of the 30 players inside the top 25, many are not surprises. Among them, Vaughn Taylor (2), Richard H. Lee (T3), Edward Loar (T5) and Alexadre Rocha (T23) were 2012 grads. Other notables include Morgan Hoffmann (T5), Robert Karlsson (T5), Daniel Chopra (T5), Kris Blanks (T10), Billy Horschel (T10), Joseph Bramlett (T14), Mathew Goggin (T14), Heath Slocum (T14), Kyle Reifers (T23), Camilo Villegas (T23) and Erik Compton (T23). Arjun Atwal, Ross Fisher and Chez Reavie are all a stroke outside.
  • Everyone inside the top 58 posted a score under par today.
  • The lead group is playing the Nicklaus Tournament Course in the third round, with the trailing group playing the Stadium Course.
We will now wait to see how the third and fourth rounds play out to give us the next true check on how the field is holding up.

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