This week with qualifying tournaments on the PGA Tour and Champions Tour start as the toughest in professional golf tournaments. Six golfers from Quebec and try to access the large circuit, if not get a spot on the Nationwide Tour while two veterans try their luck in the Seniors.
Kevin Fortin-Simard has clearly begun the first stage finishing in fourth position after the first day. It was harder for Vincent Dumouchel and Julien Trudeau. Jerome Blais and Carl Desjardins, who have dominated the Order of Merit of the pros of Quebec, will engage in the fray in a few days as Johann Benson which is drawn from cases at the Montreal Open and last year had proved he could compete with the best at the US Open.
Yvan Beauchemin and Ben Boudreau will be the appointment qualifications for the Champions Tour.
How does it work? Must successfully pass two qualifying tournaments before coming to the final. The first two tournaments will compete over 72 holes. The requests were so numerous for the 2009 tournament 13 venues were selected for the first phase. Each of these tournaments can include up to 80 players. This means that more than 1000 players will realize their dream this year. The second step involves only six venues in four states. And that's really where we really tie those opportunities to evolve on the big circuit. In addition to the twenty skilled players at each site during the first round, found among others at this stage the players who have completed beyond the 150th position on the list of recipients of the PGA Tour, those who have completed between 41 and the 70th position on the Nationwide Tour and selected regional championships of the PGA of America. The best stock of Canadian Circuit, the Asian Tour and the Sunshine Tour in South Africa are also eligible. Again, the best will be determined after a 72-hole tournament.
Then comes the grand finale which will bring qualified first two tournaments as well as players who finished 125th to 150th position among the scholars of the PGA Tour, stock positions 26-40 in the Nationwide Tour, all players PGA Tour took advantage of medical exemptions and have not been able to retain their right to play because of results below are equivalent to the 125th position in the standings scholarships available players occupying the first, second and third positions ( up to 10th place) on the circuits of Europe and Japan and the Circuit Autraulasien 2008. There are also some other clauses limiting participation for players who already played on the PGA Tour. In short, it is at Bear Lakes in West Palm Beach in early December that the picnic begins for real.
108 holes. six days of intense competition without a single day off. All players will be the final stage are guaranteed a certain status on the Nationwide Tour. The top 25 will go directly to the PGA Tour.
Those who have survived this test will tell you there is not a single golf tournament as demanding. Many careers have been lost in the space of a few seconds and often in dramatic circumstances. Some players, traumatized by the pressure, have lost their right to play on the last hole by missing a putt of less than three feet. During the famous qualifying tournament, the players know very well; everything is possible. They are capable of the best and the worst. Some extremely talented players present cards 85 or 86 without any explanation and go home totally demolished. Seasoned players who have played for a few seasons on the big circuit will be unable to reproduce the impulses that have earned them fame and fortune. Some players have returned up to seven times in the tournament to hold on to a respectable career.
Many of these players have staked everything on this tournament. It is not uncommon that some have sold their house or have borrowed huge sums to afford to participate in this final stage in the hope that this will allow them to touch the large-lot.
But in fact, it gives them a right to dream. Because if they ever find themselves on the PGA Tour in 2010, at that time they will realize that the hardest part is still to do and will have to earn a spot among the world's elite. Although the 2009 season is not over yet, at the 125th rank stock has posted gains of more than $ 600,000. This is the pass mark that newcomers will improve next year.
Everyone knows there is no guarantee of success in golf. The reputation that precedes you do nothing confirms the results of the next season. The proof is found that does one beyond the 125th position in 2009? Including Todd Hamilton won the British Open in 2004, Chris Riley member of the US Ryder Cup team in 2002, Stuart Appleby was yet 22 stock in 2008, Chris Di Marco who competed with Tiger Woods at the 'British Open in 2006, Rocco Mediate, who was a finalist in the US Open in 2008 pushed Tiger Woods to the limit in the 19th playoff hole. This could continue this list as many star players are not having found a niche in the top 125. Many of these players will mindlessly submit to the ultimate test is school qualification knowing full PGA Tour although it is possible that they will fail.
This is when all the way to be crossed to reach only to be confronted with the best that we can see how it performs, it is truly exceptional players.
All the best players among us who dare to tackle such a challenge.