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PGA Tour Plans to Eliminate Q-School from the Qualifying Process
Several news sources have reported that the PGA Tour is in the process of changing the way players qualify for the tour and the new plan would eliminate the Q-School process.
PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem recently held a mandatory meeting of PGA Tour players at Torrey Pines to float the proposal to the players. The proposed plan calls for a three-tournament series consisting of the top 75 golfers from the Nationwide Tour and the top 75 golfers who failed to earn their cards from the previous year. The PGA Tour has not announced any official acceptance of the proposal.
The Q-School was started in 1965 and has been the refining fire of final preparation for the tour.
The new proposal is thought to be motivated by the desire of the PGA Tour to make the Nationwide Tour more significant in the process. The Nationwide is ending its sponsorship of the Nationwide Tour at the end of this year and the PGA Tour has not yet found a replacement sponsor.