Goodbye Q-School
By mustang6560 on 3/15/12
Q-School, as we know it, is dead.
The top item on the nine-member board’s agenda is a makeover of the circuit’s Qualifying School process so profound that Rees Jones would be proud. Under the new plan, the Nationwide Tour would be the primary avenue to Tour membership while Q-School would be relegated to a feeder system for the secondary circuit.

The new plan - which was granted initial approval at the board’s meeting last October but needs a second vote to become policy - would feature the top 75 players off the regular-season Nationwide Tour money list and Nos. 126-200 in PGA Tour earning in a three-event series. The top 50 players after the series finale would earn Tour cards.
I get it.

The PGA Tour is a business. And the purpose of any business is to make money. And Tim Finchem's job as the commissioner of the PGA Tour is to implement business policies that will make a profit. However, I think it's a shame that future Cinderella stories like Tommy "Two Gloves" Gainey will cease to exist when the PGA Tour adopts the proposed changes next week, according to Rex Hoggard. The PGA Tour's Policy Board is set to meet at Bay Hill ahead of the Arnold Palmer Invitational.

I feel like someone just told me Santa Claus is not real. In the immediate, it hurts like hell. But it doesn't have much staying power. In reality, the proposed changes make sense, especially since there aren't very many Tommy "Two Gloves" Gainey's on tour anyway. Plus, the Nationwide Tour will benefit by its increased importance, which means the PGA Tour will be able to attract a larger sponsorship contract next year to succeed Nationwide. Still, the idea that there is a jolly old man out there who brings me presents when I'm good is a nice idea...

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Duke of Hazards says:
hmmm. could be interesting. kind of sucks for the top 25 Nationwide guys, won't automatically get their card. also, I don't understand the 'seeding' as it relates to the 3 tournament series. presumably its stroke play as that's how Q-school has typically been. is there a point system, similar to FedEx cup playoff resets? how is it beneficial to be a 'top seed' unless you're either playing match play or somehow start the thing with more points and getting an advantage at finishing in the top 50...?
srogers13 says:
Just think, there would be no John Huh on tour if these rules were in effect.
mmontisano says:
it also stops good players from other tours coming over and trying to win on the PGA Tour.
AbsoluteZero says:
I'm glad they are doing this. I think it's important to have a much better "minor league" system. Q School, while interesting, wasn't as good at identifying solid players that can succeed at the tour for an entire season. Succeeding for a year on the nationwide is a better indication of how players will be on tour.

I'm also not sure how it stops good players from other tours. If they are that good, they'll get sponsors exemptions.

Oh, and their's always the US Open for true Cinderella stories.
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