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Q-School Graduates

Sunday, December 11, 2011


The next article in the draft kit is an informational piece on the 27 players who qualified to the PGA Tour in ’12 via Q-school. I have written information on players, but I have not predicted their rankings. As of right now, there are 52 players in the reshuffle, but medical exemptions will be added to the bottom of the list.

 

Remember, the lower the players start in the reshuffle, the more difficult it is to retain their card the next year. James Driscoll and David Hearn were the two lowest players via the reshuffle in ’11 to retain their card in ’12. Coincidentally, Driscoll finished 21st at Q School and Hearn ranked 21st on the Nationwide Tour money list going into ’11. This is a not a great position to start the year, but they prove it can be done.

 

If you have questions about any of these players or want my top-five out of this group, send me an email at JMacFantasyGolf@aim.com. In addition, discussing theory or draft strategy is sometimes better in a live conversation and if you would like to speak with me on the phone just send me an email with a phone number and I will call you to answer any of your questions.

 

I hope you are enjoying this process as much as I am and I want to see you dominate your league. If you have special circumstances (draft is before my full-field rankings are released or your league has a special set of rules), just let me know and I will be the resource you need to win your league.

 

Thanks for taking the time to read the Draft Kit articles.

 

2012 Q-School Graduates

 

Brendon Todd

Nationality: United States

College: Georgia

Age: 26

Predominant Tour in ’11: Nationwide Tour (84th)

Previous PGA Tour Experience: ’09-186th

Outlook: This will be Todd’s second attempt on the PGA Tour, but he starts atop the reshuffle and he made his last four cuts on the Nationwide Tour before his success at Q-school. His stats were not overly impressive in ’11 on the Nationwide Tour, but his pedigree is outstanding and he is worth a flier based on his position in the reshuffle.

 

Stephen Gangluff

Nationality: United States

College: Ohio State University

Age: 36

Predominant Tour in ’11: Nationwide Tour (120th)

Previous PGA Tour Experience: ’02-176th

Outlook: Like Todd, Gangluff is making his second appearance on the PGA Tour and he is hoping that he can use his spot in the reshuffle to catapult himself to the next level. Gangluff hits the ball nicely and ranked 27th in scrambling. The ’11 season was not all that kind to Gangluff, but he showed serious medal at Q-school and he is a grinder.

 

Bobby Gates

Nationality: United States

College: Texas A&M

Age: 25

Predominant Tour in ’11: PGA Tour (126th)

Previous PGA Tour Experience: ’11-126th

Outlook: Gates three-putted the final hole in the last tournament of the year to miss keeping his card for ’12, but he bounced back nicely in round six at Q-school to regain full status going into ’12. Gates has the length to score well on the par-5s, but he will need to find more rhythm with his irons and a better short game if he wants to retain his card in ’12.

 

Seung-yul Noh

Nationality: South Korea

College: None

Age: 20

Predominant Tour in ’11: European Tour (86th)

Previous PGA Tour Experience: Rookie

Outlook: The only question with Noh is where he should be drafted. He ranks 101st in the OWGR and he had three straight top-fives in Asia before qualifying at Q-school. He beat K.J. Choi in European Tour event back in ’10 and this victory is enough for me; I will take him if he is available in the fifth round and he starts seventh in the reshuffle.

 

Jarrod Lyle

Nationality: Australia

College: None

Age: 30

Predominant Tour in ’11: PGA Tour (167th)

Previous PGA Tour Experience: ’11-167th; ’10-162nd; ’09-175th; ’07-164th;

Outlook: Lyle has yet to keep full status on the PGA Tour in four attempts and it is tough to expect that to change in ’12. He does have the luxury of being in the top-10 in the reshuffle and we should see a lot of him on the West Coast Swing.

 

Tommy Biershenk

Nationality: United States

College: Clemson

Age: 38

Predominant Tour in ’11: Nationwide Tour (31st)

Previous PGA Tour Experience: Rookie

Outlook: Biershenk made 18 of 25 cuts on the Nationwide Tour in ’11 and ranked 11th in the all-around category. He ranked 13th in par breakers on the Nationwide Tour and had nine top-25 finishes. He will be a sleeper on draft day, but solid skill-sets are rewarded on the PGA Tour.

 

Vaughn Taylor

Nationality: United States

College: Augusta State

Age: 35

Predominant Tour in ’11: PGA Tour

Previous PGA Tour Experience: Many Years

Outlook: Like Seung-yul Noh, Taylor will be a hot commodity on draft day and for good reason. Taylor made 17 of 27 cuts, but failed to crack the top-10 all season. He is a two-time winner on the PGA Tour and he will bounce back in ’12 after posting solid stats in GIR, strokes-gained putting, and scrambling. I like Noh’s upside better than Taylor, but the Augusta State graduate is a safer pick.

 

Bob Estes

Nationality: United States

College: Texas

Age: 45

Predominant Tour in ’11: PGA Tour

Previous PGA Tour Experience: Many Years

Outlook: Estes is a perennial PGA Tour member over the years, but at 45, his best days are most likely behind him. He battled injuries to start the ’11 season and did not peg it until April at the Valero Texas Open. He finished P2 at the Greenbrier Classic and should finish between 110-150 again.

 

Brian Harman

Nationality: United States

College: Georgia

Age: 24

Predominant Tour in ’11: Miscellaneous

Previous PGA Tour Experience: Rookie

Outlook: Harman is the latest PGA Tour member from UGA and he was a three-time All-American. He only played three events on the Nationwide Tour in ’11, but did have success the last two years on the eGolf Tour. Harman had an outstanding amateur career and the regular schedule on the PGA Tour could highlight his talent. I do suspect the Bulldog will retain his card at the end of ’12 and is worth a flier pick on draft day.

 

Marco Dawson

Nationality: United States

College: Florida

Age: 48

Predominant Tour in ’11: Nationwide Tour (32nd)

Previous PGA Tour Experience: Many Years

Outlook: Like Estes, I see his best years behind him, but he did find success on the Nationwide Tour in ’11. He ranked 27th in GIR and 27th in the all-around category. I am going to pass on draft day, but if you are conservative gamer, there are worse options.

 

Sang-moon Bae

Nationality: South Korea

College: None

Age: 25

Predominant Tour in ’11: Japan Golf Tour (1st)

Previous PGA Tour Experience: Rookie

Outlook: Bae ranks 30th in the OWGR and he missed only three cuts in 27 worldwide starts last year. The only question with this young talent is if he plays the PGA Tour full time in ’12. I like Noh a bit more, but they are in the same category. Bae will play a great majority of his starts versus the best in the world since he will end the ’11 season inside the top-50 in the world. The stiffer competition provides obstacles for Bae, but there is no doubt that his success on the Japan Golf Tour will carry over to the United States in ’12.

 

Kevin Kisner

Nationality: United States

College: Georgia

Age: 27

Predominant Tour in ’11: PGA Tour (181st)

Previous PGA Tour Experience: ’11-181st

Outlook: Kisner started the ’11 season towards the bottom on the reshuffle and he could not gain any traction until the fall. He did make five of his last six starts and this momentum could carry over into ’12, especially after playing well at Q-school.

 

Jeff Maggert

Nationality: United States

College: Texas A&M

Age: 47

Predominant Tour in ’11: PGA Tour (216th)

Previous PGA Tour Experience: Many Years

Outlook: Like Dawson and Estes, Maggert is on the downswing of a great career. Injuries curtailed any true run ’11, but a player with more upside is the right approach on draft day.

 

Charlie Beljan

Nationality: United States

College: New Mexico

Age: 27

Predominant Tour in ’11: Gateway Tour

Previous PGA Tour Experience: Rookie

Outlook: The New Mexico graduate will be on the big stage for the first time and he will find that the PGA Tour is different from the Gateway Tour. Players without any information are the ones to keep on the radar as you go forward, but you should pass on draft day.

 

Roberto Castro

Nationality: United States

College: Georgia Tech

Age: 26

Predominant Tour in ’11: Nationwide Tour (23rd)

Previous PGA Tour Experience: Rookie

Outlook: The Georgia Tech Yellow Jacket qualified via the top-25 on the Nationwide Tour and he was slated to start 46th in the reshuffle, but Castro now starts 27th after a strong showing at PGA West. He has a strong long-game, but he struggles a bit around the greens. Castro was a two-time All-American and won five eGolf Tour events from ’07 to ’10. He did not win on the Nationwide Tour in ’11, but his biggest payday represented only 14% of his total earnings ($186,563).

 

William McGirt

Nationality: United States

College: Wofford

Age: 32

Predominant Tour in ’11: PGA Tour (141st)

Previous PGA Tour Experience: ’11-141st

Outlook: McGirt played 32 times on the PGA Tour in ’11 and he stripes his irons (25th in GIR), but he struggled off the tee. He has a nice touch around the greens and rolls the rock well. I like McGirt going into ’12 and the 32 year old will retain his card in ’13.

 

Harris English

Nationality: United States

College: Georgia

Age: 22

Predominant Tour in ’11: College and Nationwide Tour (65th)

Previous PGA Tour Experience: Rookie

Outlook: There are times we come across players who just have it and Harris English is the poster-boy for stud. He won a Nationwide Tour event in ’11 as an amateur and had two more top-three’s after turning pro. Like Noh and Bae, English will be a top pick from the Nationwide Tour and Q-school graduates on draft day; he will not disappoint.

 

Patrick Sheehan

Nationality: United States

College: University of Hartford

Age: 42

Predominant Tour in ’11: Nationwide Tour (149th)

Previous PGA Tour Experience: ’09-174th; ’08-128th; ’06-165th;

Outlook: I cannot get over his poor ’11 season on the Nationwide Tour in ’11. He made just $18,236 in 20 starts last year.

 

Greg Owen

Nationality: England

College: None

Age: 39

Predominant Tour in ’11: Nationwide Tour (52nd)

Previous PGA Tour Experience: Several Years

Outlook: Owen failed to break through with a win on the Nationwide Tour in ’11, but he ranked eighth in the all-around category and he could be a nice sleeper on draft day.

 

Edward Loar

Nationality:

College: Oklahoma State

Age: 34

Predominant Tour in ’11: Nationwide Tour (139th)

Previous PGA Tour Experience: Rookie

Outlook: Loar had conditional status on the Nationwide Tour and made just $21,643 in 12 starts. I am not a fan of 34-year old rookies unless they have proven their game is heading in right direction like Gary Christian. I cannot endorse the Oklahoma State Cowboy.

 

Daniel Summerhays

Nationality: United States

College: BYU

Age: 27

Predominant Tour in ’11: PGA Tour (171st)

Previous PGA Tour Experience: ’11-171st

Outlook: I really missed on Summerhays heading into the ’11 season, but his inconsistencies in ’11 on the PGA Tour are too tough to overlook for ’12.

 

Scott Dunlap

Nationality: United States

College: Florida

Age: 48

Predominant Tour in ’11: Nationwide Tour (113th)

Previous PGA Tour Experience: Several Years

Outlook: Like Estes, Dawson, and Maggert, Dunlap does not move the needle for me and I like going with an unknown with a greater upside.

 

Will Claxton

Nationality: United States

College: Auburn

Age: 30

Predominant Tour in ’11: Nationwide Tour (154th)

Previous PGA Tour Experience: Rookie

Outlook: See Loar above; there is nothing here that indicates Claxton can find success at the next level.

 

Richard H. Lee

Nationality: United States

College: Washington

Age: 24

Predominant Tour in ’11: Nationwide Tour (37th)

Previous PGA Tour Experience: Rookie

Outlook: Lee is the type of player I am referring to with upside. He shot 65-68 on the last two days of Q-school to get himself inside the number. He played 25 events on the Nationwide Tour and finished 37th on the money list. He will be a sleeper on draft day and he will be on my team if he is available in round 11. I would go get him higher if he had a better spot in the reshuffle.

 

Mark Anderson

Nationality: United States

College: South Carolina

Age: 25

Predominant Tour in ’11:

Previous PGA Tour Experience:

Outlook: Anderson finished 22nd on the Nationwide Tour money list and did not improve his position in the reshuffle, but he is a young golfer with some talent and a big upside. He has played the last two years on the Nationwide Tour after turning pro in ’09. He will face a tough task starting the year 42nd in the reshuffle, but the South Carolina graduate scrambles well and he had four top-10s in ’11.

 

Alexandre Rocha

Nationality: Brazil

College: Mississippi State

Age: 34

Predominant Tour in ’11: PGA Tour (157th)

Previous PGA Tour Experience: ’11-157th

Outlook: Rocha starts at the back-end of the reshuffle again in ’12, but he played solid golf in the Fall Series and he ranked 29th in GIR on the PGA Tour in ‘11. I wish he started higher in the reshuffle, but he could be a factor if he improves his short game.

 

John Huh

Nationality: United States

College: Cal State Northridge

Age: 21

Predominant Tour in ’11: Korean Golf Tour (Rookie of the Year)

Previous PGA Tour Experience:

Outlook: Huh finished 14th on the KGT money list and he too has the upside that is worth looking for on draft day. There is not enough history to know whether he will succeed on the PGA Tour, but the indicators off the KGT are promising.

 

Nathan Green

Nationality: Australia

College: None

Age: 36

Predominant Tour in ’11: PGA Tour (168th)

Previous PGA Tour Experience: Several Years

Outlook: Green has had little success on the PGA Tour since his win at the RBC Canadian Open in ’09. It is a pass for me.

 

Colt Knost

Nationality: United States

College: SMU

Age: 26

Predominant Tour in ’11: PGA Tour (174th)

Previous PGA Tour Experience: ’11-174th; ’09-193rd;

Outlook: Maybe the third time is the charm, but Knost has failed to crack the top-170s in two attempts on the PGA Tour and starting at the backend of the reshuffle will be a tall challenge.



John McNamara wrote full-time for Rotoworld in 2010 and 2011, but he still maintains the pulse of the landscape. He was FSWA’s Golf Writer of the Year in 2008 and 2010.
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