One of the compelling aspects of PGA Tour qualifying school was the opportunity for a longshot to catch fire and suddenly find himself with his tour card.
It wasn’t easy, but it did happen in the case of Graham DeLaet of Weyburn, Sask., whose season-long tear through the Canadian Tour in 2009 culminated with him obtained his tour card through Q-school. He had a pretty good rookie year and wound up keeping his playing privileges even if he is currently sidelined with injuries.
Last year, Matt McQuillan of Kingston, Ont., who spent much of his season playing the mini tours, enjoyed an impressive Q-school to earn his card, so it isn’t impossible.
However, proposed changes to the qualifying process will take some drama out of Q-school at a time of year when golf can use a few compelling stories.
If the changes go through, the best a player can hope for through Q-school is the Nationwide Tour. I had a chance to chat about this with Canadian prospect Matt Hill of Bright’s Grove, Ont., for my Sun Media column on Monday.
You can read that column by clicking here.