The funny thing about PGA Tour Q-School, is you get a list of names that are from completely different backgrounds. This year isn't any different, and just scanning the top of the leaderboard shows you exactly what being a pro golfer can take.
At the top, you have a guy like Ben Martin (pictured). Young, chiseled, but with very little PGA Tour experience, Martin has strung together three straight rounds in the 60s, and has a three-shot lead over his former teammate, Kyle Stanley.
Just behind these two you have James Driscoll, a 33-year-old who lost in the finals of the U.S. Amateur back in 2000. His career looked like it would soon take off, but Driscoll, like a ton of young talents, has bounced around tours. He has one Nationwide Tour title, and would have avoided this tournament all together if he had won a playoff against Zach Johnson last year in Texas, but here he is, looking to earn his tour card again.
Directly behind these guys is a man named Billy Mayfair, 44-years-young, that stands 8-under at the midway point of Q-School. Mayfair has won five PGA Tour titles, and been a pro since 1988, but like many golfers, hasn't produced much lately and had to take the trip back to school to try and get his full-time gig back.
While we spend most of our time focusing on Ty Tryon (tied for 61st) and Erik Compton (tied for 105th), the leaderboard is a list full of guys that are totally different, yet searching for the same thing; comfort.
Biggest mover of day three: Matthew Goggin, who has won twice on the Nationwide Tour, shot a third round 65 to jump from 115th to 48th.
Biggest tanker of the day: Todd Bailey. No, he didn't shoot the highest number of the day, but he was tied for 24th, shot a 1-over 72, and dropped to 42nd. That just shows how in this event, you can never take your foot off the gas.
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