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PGA: The Last Tour Q-School

Camilo Villegas

Allan Henry-US PRESSWIRE

With the regular season in the books for all of the Major Tours, it’s time for most of the top Professional Golfers to get some rest, and home time, but over 170 players will be gathering in the California desert in an attempt to secure employment for the 2013 season on the PGA Tour. The Final Stage of the Q-School gets underway Wednesday morning with a 108 hole marathon at the PGA West TPC Stadium and Nicklaus Course in LaQuinta, California.

2012 will be the last installment of this method for earning a position on the tour. Next year, qualifying will be handled largely through the Web.com Tour as well as other avenues. There are quite a few players who you’ve seen this past season that did not perform well enough to retain their cards, and they will be at work this weekend in California.

After the dust settles on Monday(Dec 3), there will be a two hour  report where you can track your favorite players results. A look back at Q-School, the week that was, will air from 8-10 PM Eastern Time on the Golf Channel.

The biggest name at the Q-School this year without a doubt is Camilo Villegas. After turning pro in 2004, and playing only a few tournaments through the 2005 season, Camilo hit paydirt in 2006 when he he finished tied for third place at the Players Championship. He had four top 10 finishes, with his best being second place finishes in Phoenix at the FBR Open, and Doral.

The 30 year old from Medellin Columbia, who played his collegiate golf at the University of Florida, had his finest year in 2008 when he made a huge run at the FedEx Cup. He finished third at Deutche Bank, and he won both the BMW Championship, and the Tour Championship. His 76th place finish at The Barclays probably cost him the Cup.

After a good start in 2010 when he notched a win at The Honda Classic, his game and career started a downward spiral that has taken him from making TV commercials to a struggle for his card. With almost $16 Million in career winnings, he fell off to $1.2 Million in 2011, and hit bottom in 2012 at just shy of $ 500,000, prompting a trip to the Q-School.

The top 25 finishers at the Final Stage and all ties will receive their 2013 Tour cards. This tournament is for all the marbles, and can at times, get very intense. You can keep up with the action by checking the the leaderboards on the PGA Tour Website, and updates on the Golf Channel.

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