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Brent Kelley

Final PGA Tour Q-School Graduating Class Includes 26 - And a 17-Year-Old

By December 3, 2012

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Twenty-six golfers - including a 17-year-old - made it through the 2012 PGA Tour Q-School, lead by medalist Dong-hwan Lee. And there's the answer to trivia question for you: Who won the last PGA Tour Q-School? Lee, with a six-round total of 407.

It's the last because beginning in 2013, non-PGA Tour members will have to earn PGA Tour cards through the Web.com Tour Finals. A Q-School will still be held, but it will award access to the Web.com Tour, not the PGA Tour.

Lee is a 25-year-old from South Korea who has been playing on the Japan Tour, where he is a 2-time winner.

Some of the notable names among the 26 graduates to the 2013 PGA Tour are Billy Horschel, Kris Blanks, Erik Compton, Robert Karlsson and Chez Reavie.

Here is the full list of the 26 PGA Tour Q-School graduates from the 2012 final stage:

Dong-hwan Lee, 407
Ross Fisher, 408
Steve LeBrun, 408
Richard H. Lee, 409
Billy Horschel, 409
Kris Blanks, 409
Erik Compton, 410
Brad Fritsch, 410
Jin Park, 410
Fabian Gomez, 411
Michael Letzig, 411
Jeff Gove, 411
Steven Bowditch, 411
Matt Jones, 412
Robert Karlsson, 412
Eric Meierdierks, 412
Scott Langley, 413
Aaron Watkins, 413
Derek Ernst, 413
Si Woo Kim, 414
Tag Ridings, 414
Donald Constable, 415
Bobby Gates, 415
Patrick Reed, 415
Henrik Norlander, 415
Chez Reavie, 415

Of course, many golfers weren't as lucky this week, many notable names failed to get through. Camilo Villegas and Heath Slocum missed out. So did Alex Cejka and Vaughn Taylor, plus Tim Petrovic, Rod Pampling, Arjun Atwal, Billy Mayfair, Daniel Chopra, Patrick Cantlay, Shawn Micheel, Nick O'Hern, Dean Wilson, Todd Hamilton and Richard S. Johnson. Check the full scoreboard for all the names.

One of the most interesting stories among the graduates is that of Si Woo Kim. Kim is only 17 years and 5 months old, making him the youngest-ever PGA Tour Q-School graduate. He supplants Ty Tryon for that record (Tryon was 17 years, 6 months he he made it through the 2001 Q-School).

However, in the years since Tryon's success, the PGA Tour has instituted a minimum age: You must be 18 to take up PGA Tour membership. Kim doesn't turn 18 until late June of 2013. Before then, he'll be eligible to accept sponsor exemptions and play in Monday qualifiers, but he can't begin using his Q-School-earned membership until that 18th birthday.


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