ATLANTA – The biggest surprises among the 30 who qualified for the Tour Championship?
It’s hard to overlook Aussie Marc Leishman, who one year ago was fighting to work his way into the top 25 on the Nationwide Tour money list.
But there’s something about Q-School that pleases the spirit and reminds you that you do have a chance to prove yourself in this game. Two members of last year’s Q School graduating class – Jason Dufner and Y.E. Yang – are among the 30 with a chance to win a $10 million FedEx Cup bonus.
Dufner’s Q-School saga wasn’t very dramatic, as he shot in the 60s four times and was T-11. Yang, however, took it down to the 108th and final hole, where his 7-foot birdie putt enabled him to tie 10 others for the last spot.
Now being last man out of Q-School is nice, but it doesn’t extend a lot of playing chances, so cheers to Yang for making the most of it. He cashed in with a victory in his fourth tournament of the season, the Honda Classic, and has surely cashed in.
As for Dufner, being in the Tour Championship means another chance for a huge paycheck, exemptions into three majors and two World Golf Championships, but most delightfully is this: He doesn’t have to bother with Q-School for the first time since . . . “forever,” he said.