Interesting that Q School proves to be a difficult challenge for all golfers, including award-winners like Nick Taylor from Abbotsford.
Taylor finds himself in 50th spot in Nevada without much hope of progressing. What next? I would assume he’d head to the Canadian Tour — while also playing a bunch of mini tours in the U.S. The other hotly-tipped Canadian, Matt Hill, hasn’t started his first stage of Q School, hasn’t exactly been ripping it up since turning pro earlier this year. That one struck me as premature, but perhaps he’ll prove me wrong.
There are several Canadians who could make it to second stage — including Canadian Open breakout player Adam Hadwin, who sits 10th with a round to play. Former CanAm Champ Cam Burke is also in a good position to move on, as is Calgary’s Ryan Yip.
To my way of thinking this just shows how difficult it is to crack the PGA Tour through qualifying school. It took Mike Weir seven trips, if I recall correctly, and he had to go back after his rookie season. A couple of years ago a bunch of bright lights — Andrew Parr, James Lepp, and Richard Scott — were all expected to make progress when it came to Q School. Parr is struggling again this week, Lepp is out of golf and Scott hasn’t tipped it up, but has shown few signs of being the type of player who will break through.
It demonstrates just how hard it is to take a lot of talent and promise and turn it into a career.
Kent Gilchrist has a story on Taylor here. I find it odd that Taylor’s new agents — Wasserman — couldn’t land him a single spot in one of the fall’s final PGA Tour events. Last year amateurs like Jamie Lovermark and Rickie Fowler made their reputations by playing in fall events. Fowler and Lovermark are both IMG clients.