Q-School: Meet the 2012 graduating class

Brian Wacker

LA QUINTA, Calif. -- There were 26 players who earned PGA TOUR cards for 2013 Monday at PGA West (including Brad Fritsch, who had already secured a spot on TOUR after finishing in the top 25 on the Web.com Tour money list). Here's a closer look at each of the q-school graduates.

The following players qualified
Pos.   Name Country Age TOUR
1 Dong-hwan Lee South Korea 25 1 0
Lee turned pro in 2005 and has earned a pair of victories on the Japan Golf Tour and was named the Tour's Rookie of the Year in 2006. He played five full seasons on the Japan Golf Tour and has made 105 career starts with 26 top-10 finishes. Missed cut at 2007 British Open in only TOUR start.
T2 Ross Fisher England 32 37 0
Fisher went 2-2-0 for the European Team in winning the 2010 Ryder Cup. He has made 24 of 37 cuts on the PGA TOUR with a pair of top-10 finishes in 2009. He will be a rookie in 2013 on the PGA TOUR.
T2 Steve LeBrun U.S. 34 3 0
LeBrun tied for 46th at last year's U.S. Open in one of his three career starts on TOUR. He has made 42 of 102 cuts on the Web.com Tour with 11 top-10 finishes. In 1990, LeBrun was MVP of his all-star baseball team and pitched two no-hitters the same year.
T4 Richard H. Lee U.S. 25 24 0
Lee has one career top 10 on TOUR and that came this year in Las Vegas, where he tied for sixth. The former University of Washington standout also tied for second in the Albertsons Boise Open Presented by Kraft in one of his two starts on the Web.com Tour this year.
T4 Billy Horschel U.S. 26 49 0
Horschel is 3-for-4 in trips to the final stage of q-school. In 2012, he finished No. 147 on the PGA TOUR money list in 17 starts. His only top 10 was a third-place finish at the True South Classic. He also made seven starts on the Web.com Tour with two top 10s.
T4 Kris Blanks U.S. 40 102 0
Despite a shoulder injury that had him sidelined since July, Blanks shot six under-par rounds at PGA West. Blanks has made 20 or more starts on TOUR in each of the last four years. In 2012, he made 11 cuts in 23 starts with only one top-25 finish (T11 Valero Texas Open). This was his fourth appearance at q-school with Blanks having finished in the top 25 twice.
T7 Erik Compton U.S. 33 56 0
The double heart transplant recipient had just one top 25 in 26 starts on TOUR after earning his card by finishing in the top 25 on the Web.com Tour money list in 2011. At q-school, Compton was under par in each of his six rounds, including a 5-under 67s on each of the last two days.
T7 Brad Fritsch Canada 35 5 0
The Canadian had already secured his card by finishing in the top 25 on the Web.com Tour money list this season, but he improved his position with his tie for seventh at PGA West.
T7 Jin Park South Korea 33 39 0
Park played in 20 events on the Web.com Tour in 2012, making the cut in 10 of them with two top-10 finishes, including a third-place at the Rex Hospital Open.
T10 Fabian Gomez Argentina 34 26 0
In 23 starts on the Web.com Tour this season, Gomez netted three top 10s, including a runner-up in Louisiana.
T10 Michael Letzig U.S. 32 97 0
The former University of New Mexico standout made 14 cuts in 25 starts on the Web.com Tour this season, recording a pair of top-10 finishes and four overall finishes in the top 25.
T10 Jeff Gove U.S. 41 163 0
Gove returns to the TOUR after he thought about giving up golf at one point this season after missing the cut in 14 of 26 starts on the Web.com Tour with just two top-10 finishes. Monday, he birdied three of his last four holes to secure a card.
T10 Steven Bowditch Australia 29 75 0
Bowditch made a total of 12 cuts in 30 starts during the 2012 season. He was 5 of 18 on the PGA TOUR and 7 of 12 on the Web.com Tour. He won on the Web.com Tour in 2010.
T14 Matt Jones Australia 32 120 0
The Aussie has 11 career top-10 finishes on the PGA TOUR. In 2012, he made just eight of 18 cuts. He also missed the cut in both his appearances on the Web.com Tour. Monday at PGA West, he birdied two of his final three holes to easily lock up a card.
T14 Robert Karlsson Sweden 43 103 0
The Swede battled a severe case of the yips this year, withdrawing during a practice round at the British Open because of it. At PGA West, he had just one over-par round all week.
T14 Eric Meierdierks U.S. 27 1 0
Meierdierks began his quest in first stage just six days after his father passed away. He played college golf at Michigan State and has made only one career start on the PGA TOUR, missing the cut at the 2009 Frys.com Open.
T17 Scott Langley U.S. 23 5 0
Two years ago, Langley finished in a tie for 16th at the U.S. Open as a 21-year-old, tying for low amateur honors with Russell Henley. This year, he tied for 29th. He was also a quarterfinalist in the U.S. Amateur in 2010.
T17 Aaron Watkins U.S. 30 21 0
In 24 starts on the Web.com Tour this year, Watkins finished in the top 10 four times. He also qualified for the U.S. Open, tying for 15th. In 2009, Watkins played on the PGA TOUR, having survived three rounds of qualifying school.
T17 Derek Ernst U.S. 22 1 0
Ernst played college golf at UNLV and is one of the players who successfully navigated all four stages of q-school, including pre-qualifying. Ernst's only start on the PGA TOUR came at the 2012 Frys.com Open, where he tied for 41st.
T20 Si Woo Kim South Korea 17 0 0
Kim, a 17-year old high school student, became the youngest player to earn a TOUR card via q-school but is not eligible to join the TOUR as until he turns 18 on June 28. He can play no more than 12 PGA TOUR events as a non-member on sponsor exemptions, foreign exemptions or top-10 finishes prior to that date. He can also Monday qualify as many times as he wishes.
T20 Tag Ridings U.S. 38 182 0
Ridings has split time between the Web.com Tour and the PGA TOUR since 2002. His best finish on TOUR was a tie for second at the 2004 Michelin Championship at Las Vegas. His best year on TOUR was in 2005 when he finished 91st on the money list.
T22 Donald Constable U.S. 23 0 0
The left-hander out of the University of Minnesota was one of four players to secure a card having survived four stages of q-school, beginning with pre-qualifying.
T22 Bobby Gates U.S. 27 61 0
Gates arrived at the final stage of q-school having missed six of his last eight cuts on TOUR before an impressive final two rounds at PGA West that included a 65 and a 69.
T22 Patrick Reed U.S. 22 15 0
The former Augusta State standout Monday-qualified a ridiculous six times this year, missing the cut just once in those starts. And in his 12 total starts on TOUR he finished in the top 25 four times.
T22 Henrik Norlander Sweden 25 0 0
Played on same national championship team as Patrick Reed at Augusta State. In college, listed his career goal as "play in the Ryder Cup a couple of times."
T22 Chez Reavie U.S. 31 131 1
Winner of the 2008 RBC Canadian Open fell on hard times with a knee injury in 2010. Bounced back with five top 10s in 2011 but finished 135th on the money list in 2012.