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“Sunday’s final stage of tour Q-School brought with it the reminder that at the margins of professional golf, the line between triumph and failure is razor-thin. Here are some of the Sunday stories from each side of that line.” That’s from Dylan Dethier

Wilkinson on the way back
The good news for Kiwis is that, “Tim Wilkinson birdied the first hole. He parred the second. And then he birdied eight holes in a row to get to nine under for his round through 10 holes. He added one more on No. 17 and posted 10-under 62, catapulting himself a full 50 spots up the leaderboard to finish T16.”

Thanks to Dylan I’m now aware of the finer details of what status the qualifiers obtain in their access to the tour.
• Medalist = fully exempt status in 2019.
• Finishers 2-10 and ties = 12 guaranteed starts.
• Finishers 11-40 and ties = eight guaranteed starts

A really cool story
Justin Thomas writes, “One of the coolest stories I have heard. Congrats to Cody and everybody who earned their @webdotcomtour cards today!”

Dylan writes, Cody Blick experienced a nightmarish Sunday morning in which he put out a plea on Instagram for the return of his golf clubs, even offering a $5,000 cash reward. Things didn’t look good for Blick; even with his own clubs, he sat at 10 under, outside the cut line, and needed a major rally.
But then, using a set of sticks that included the course superintendent’s driver, pro shop wedges, a ‘random’ set of irons, and a putter heavier than his, Blick did the unthinkable. He shot 63 anyway, closing with three clutch birdies in what he said afterward was “the weirdest week of my life, hands down.”The round of nine-under sent him into a share of 25th place and was enough to impress personalities from across the golf world, including Justin Thomas.

Sorry but a 62 just won’t do
Dylan writes, Benjamin Alvarado went seriously deep on Sunday, firing another 10-under 62 to jump from T93 into contention — but needed one more shot to sneak into the top 40. His consolation is much-improved conditional status.”
But wait there’s more leaving one wondering why anyone would want to even think about trying out for the tour.
Patrick Sullivan messages, “We've heard all the QSchool horror stories over the years. I was wondering if anyone had ever putted it into the water on the back nine to miss by one? If not.....dibs”

Link to Dylan Dethier

Quote of the Day
"A big 4-5 day funeral, and at the end they just cart the bodies away." John Feinstein quoting Donnie Hammond on Q School qualifying.


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