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The Q-School Quagmire: The opening-day jitters

Shane Bacon
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For the next six days we will be updating you on how PGA Tour Q-School is going. Our focus will be on some of the big names, but we will be sure to tell you who made a big move up the leaderboard each day, and who struggled to keep it going. Join us, and the golfers, as we try to keep our wits about this whole process as 162 golfers battle for 25 coveted spots.

Six rounds of golf, your career on the line, and all you have to do is play the most incredibly frustrating, mind-numbing game imaginable the entire time. That's PGA Tour Q-School, and this is the third stage.

For some, it's just a trip down memory lane, the antithesis of Magnolia Lane to a golfer. Tough breaks, nerves a-grinding, and your job for next year up in the air. As Lee Janzen said after the first day at Orange County National Golf Center, "Q-school. Nothing fun about it."

Ty Tryon, who ran through this event in 2001 as a teenager, is back again, trying to regain that magic he felt when a job wasn't really something he was worried about. Now 26, Tryon opened with a respectable 1-over 73, that has him in 65th place after the first day.

Along with Tryon is a man by the name of Erik Compton, who fared a lot better than his younger competitor through the first day. Compton, on his third heart, shot a 1-under 70 to be right at the number you must finish at to gain full-time status on the PGA Tour.

What does the first day really mean? It means, keep your head above water, and your balls out of it, and you'll most likely be fine for 18 holes. Unlike a regular tour event, this thing is six nasty rounds long, and you have plenty of time to make up, or give up, ground.

Biggest mover of the day -- That is obviously Kyle Stanley, a 23-year-old out of Clemson University, who posted a 7-under 65 on Wednesday. Stanley made nine birdies in his opening round to post the lowest round of the day by two shots.

Biggest honker of the day -- That, is sadly, a tie between Jason Kokrak and Jason Hill, who tied for high round of the day with 8-over 79s.

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