The Web.com Tour Qualifying Tournament may have been remixed for the 2013 season, but it remains one of the most grueling tests in all of golf. For the first time in over half a century, the final stage of “Q-School” will not be for membership on the PGA TOUR, but the quality of field is as strong as ever.
Contested over 6 days and 108 holes, the tournament is 6 straight, daily rounds of stroke play golf. All players currently in the field will earn at least conditional status for the 2014 season, but position in Q-School will decide the priority of players to enter events in 2014 and offer varying levels of protection from the reshuffle (player priority is periodically re-ordered throughout the year based on tournament results). This year’s edition features a mix of first year professionals looking to make a splash and TOUR veterans looking to work their way back to the show. Here are 5 names to keep an eye on as things kick off on December 12.
Blayne Barber – Blayne made headlines earlier this year after disqualifying himself out of his last attempt through Q-School. Barber posted a qualifying score to advance to the second stage before notifying officials that he believed he brushed a leaf in a bunker. The Auburn Tiger was part of the 2011 United States Walker Cup team alongside Peter Uihlein, Jordan Speith and Russell Henley.
Max Homa – The Cal Golden Bear looks to wrap up quite a remarkable year which included winning the NCAA Individual Title, Pac-12 Individual Title, qualifying for the U.S. Open, representing the US in the Walker Cup and earning a top-10 in his pro debut at the Frys.com Open. Homa will look to continue the hot start to his professional career as he notched a T-30 at the Shriners Hospital for Children Open, just one week after the Frys.
Michael Kim – Homa’s Cal teammate made waves after finishing as the low amateur (T-17) at the U.S. Open. Kim was also named the 2013 College Player of the Year and made the cut at the Greenbrier Classic. Kim is competing this week as an amateur.
Jeff Gove – The Seattle native and 17 year professional spent 6 years on the then Nationwide Tour before graduating to the PGA TOUR for the first time in 2000. He spent the 2002, 2006-2008, 2010 and 2013 seasons on the big tour, never winning but notching 5 top 10 finishes and over $2 million in career earnings.
Colt Knost – Colt, the 2007 U.S. Amateur Champion, turned pro shortly after his big win and in short order, rattled off 2 Nationwide Tour wins in his first full season in 2008. After a disappointing 2013, Knost looks to lock up a good priority position for a third campaign on the Web.com Tour.
Web.com Tour Qualifying takes place December 12-17 at the PGA West Stadium Course in La Quinta, CA.