If the PGA Tour’s Q-School ended on Sunday, Kevin Kisner would retain his card to play on golf’s top tour again next year. Unfortunately for the South Aiken High School and University of Georgia product, the final stage of Q-School is a six round event – and Sunday was only the fifth round. But Kisner’s performance to this point leaves him in excellent position to continue playing on the PGA Tour for a third consecutive year.
Kisner followed Saturday’s 65 by carding 67 Sunday. That leaves Kisner (71-75-66-65-67–344) at 16-under and tied for 17th place in the event, which the sixth and final round will be played today, after which the top 25 and ties will receive PGA Tour cards for 2013. The next 50 and ties will earn Web.com Tour cards. Kisner’s 67 on the Jack Nicklaus Tournament Course at PGA West in La Quinta, Calif., was his third consecutive round in the 60s as he’s rallied from a slow start to move into contention, just six strokes behind Steven Bowditch, the leader at 23-under. Kisner’s round Sunday included six birdies and just one bogey.
Aiken resident and Clemson product Stephen Poole had his second-consecutive round in the 60s, shooting 4-under 68 on the Stadium Course. Poole (72-77-72-67-68–356) is 4-under for the event, tied for 116th. Poole had a great, six-birdie round, but a double bogey on No. 17 kept him from making up even more ground.
Poole is a long shot to get his PGA Tour card today, as is Scott Brown, who played on tour this year. The former North Augusta High School and USC Aiken golfer’s also playing his best golf of the event on the weekend, carding a second-consecutive 70 to get to 7-over for the tournament. Brown (78-76-73-70-70–367) is tied for 160th after his five birdie, one bogey and one double-bogey round.
Bowditch has a one stroke lead ahead of Kris Blanks, with Derek Ernst, Steve LeBrin and Edward Loar another shot back in a tie for third. Other notables currently in position to get PGA Tour cards include Robert Karlsson, Erik Compton and Evan’s Vaughn Taylor, who’s tied for 17th at 16-under.
Noah Feit is the sports editor for the Aiken Standard and has been a professional journalist for more than a dozen years after graduating from Syracuse University.