15 Australasians tackle PGA Tour School

BY Bruce Young | 25 Nov 2012

Fifteen Australasians will attempt Final Stage qualifying for the 2013 PGA Tour when that contest gets underway this week at the TPC Stadium and Nicklaus Tournament courses at PGA West in La Quinta in California.

While the purpose of this exercise is to gain one of the twenty five 2013 PGA Tour cards that are up for grabs there is a prize-money pool, the medallist earning US$50,000, 2nd will earn US$40,000 and so on down through the top 50, the latter group earning US$5,000 each.

For those not finishing inside the top 25 there are also various categories of cards available on the Web.Com Tour.

156 players will tee it up including Australasians Steve Allan, Steve Bowditch, Gavin Coles, Adam Crawford, Marcus Fraser, Matthew Goggin, Ashley Hall, Luke Hickmott, Matt Jones, Bryden MacPherson, Danny Lee, James Nitties, Nick O’Hern, Rod Pampling and Tim Wilkinson.

All but Crawford, Fraser, Nick O’Hern and Pampling were required to advance at least through Stage Two. O’Hern and Pampling gained their access to the Final Stage via their position between 126 and 150 on the 2012 PGA Tour money list.

Crawford and Fraser earned their place via the 2011 PGA Tour of Australasia Order of Merit where the leading three available players down to a ceiling of 10th earn direct access to the Final.

Brad Kennedy would also have been eligible but he has decided to focus his attention on the Japan Golf Tour.

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