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Risdon, Hearn, Mills and Webb Move on a Q School

Only four Canadians made it through to the final stage of PGA Tour Q School. A couple of them — namely David Hearn and Jon Mills — could have been expected to progress considering their past experience on the PGA Tour. Others, including Alberta’s Dustin Risdon and Huntsville’s Brennan Webb were less likely. As I mentioned in my last blog, I had the chance to play with Risdon during the summer. He’s not a long hitter, but appeared to be very consistent with his irons and sports a sharp short game.

Who didn’t make it through? Three-time CanAm champ Richard Scott, who has not progressed quite as quickly as some might have expected. Similarly London, Ont.’s Andrew Parr didn’t manage to make it through the first stage. And European Tour player from London, Ont., Alan McLean, didn’t manage to hold it together during the final round, despite looking set to head back to at least the Nationwide Tour for the first time since 2005. He has status on the European Tour next year due to an injury — I think he’ll get into at least 10 events.

What does this mean for aging veterans like David Morland and Ian Leggatt? Neither are heading back to the Nationwide Tour, though both will get into events given their status as tour winners (Morland on the Nationwide, Leggatt on the PGA Tour.) But given Leggatt’s struggles over the past few years, one has to wonder what his future holds.

Here’s the complete list as published in the Globe and Mail:

Southern Hills Plantation Club

Brooksville, Fla. (Par 72)

T8 Brennan Webb, Hunstville, Ont. (73-68-65-73”279)

T15 Jon Mills, Belleville, Ont. (69-72-70-70”281)

T40 Keven Fortin-Simard, Quebec City (70-71-73-72”286)

T43 Peter Laws, Mississauga (70-71-73-72”286)

Hombre Golf Club

Panama City Beach, Fla. (Par 71)

T32 Alan McLean, London, Ont. (70-67-71-75”283)

T36 David Morland IV, North Bay (73-70-70-71”284)

Callaway Gardens-Mountain View Golf Course

Pine Mountain, Ga. (Par 72)

T21 Richard Scott, Kingsville, Ont. (72-68-67-73”280)

T25 Mark Leon, Brampton, Ont. (72-69-68-72”281)

T38 Ian Leggatt, Cambridge, Ont. (70-72-65-76”283)

T67 James Love, Calgary (74-72-65-78”289)

74 Lee Wilson, Kincardine, Ont. (73-74-71-78–296)

Deerwood Golf Club

Kingwood, Tex. (Par 72)

T12 David Hearn, Brantford, Ont. (74-70-66-73”283)

T18 Dustin Risdon, Calgary (70-76-65-73”284)

T36 Graham DeLaet, Weyburn, Sask. (75-69-72-73–289)

T45 Brad Fritsch , Ottawa (77-69-69-76”291)

72 Adam Speirs, Winnipeg (74-79-69-77”299)

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Robert Thompson

A bestselling author and award-winning columnist, Robert Thompson has been writing about business and sports, and particularly golf, for almost two decades. His reporting and commentary on golf has appeared in Golf Magazine, the Globe and Mail, T&L Golf and many other media outlets. Currently Robert is a columnist with Global Golf Post, golf analyst for Global News and Shaw Communications, and Senior Writer to ScoreGolf. The Going for the Green blog was launched in 2004.

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  • Robert,

    Still 2 second stage qualifiers left this week. Wes Heffernan, Jim Rutledge and others will be playing for their chance to make it to the final stage.

    Dave

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