When PGA Tour Qualifying School wraps up, you hear a lot of crazy stories about this guy choking, or that guy clutching. But do you hear anything from the round before the final stage? Not really. Here are a few of the guys that struggled coming down the clutch, and some that really lite it up to make it to the final stage of the toughest test in sports.
Billy Horschel: The 23-year-old University of Florida product has played in seven PGA Tour events in his career, making zero cuts, and ten Nationwide tournaments, making just two cuts. That number could increase after Horschel blitzed the fourth round of the Southern Hills Plantation event, posting a 6-under 66 to jump from outside the line to just inside. Horschel didn't make a bogey in the final round, posting the lowest score of anyone outside the cut line at this location.
Chris Baker: Talk about needing something good to happen with just a few holes to play. Baker, who started the day right around the number, made three bogeys in his first 10 holes. What did the 24-year-old do after that? He reeled off four birdies in his final eight holes to make it to final stage by a shot. Clutch, Mr. Baker.
Aaron Goldberg: Playing at the Bayonet and Black Horse Course, Goldberg needed some magic to make it another round. That happened when he strung together a final round 67 that had nary a bogey. His number jumped him into the top-20, two shots clear of the cut number.
Brenden Pappas: The 40-year-old Pappas had played himself into a great spot, a shot clear of the cut number with three holes to play. That took a turn for the worse when Pappas made a double-bogey on the 16th hole and a bogey on the 18th, missing it to third stage by two shots.
Benoit Beisser: Remember the guy with the crazy scorecard from round two? Yeah, that same guy closed his final two rounds with 76-76 to miss out on third stage by a shot. His final round on Saturday didn't have a birdie.
Bradley Iles: Some people choke, and some people choke. Iles was 11-under with seven holes to play in his fourth round, good enough for a top-five finish at TPC Craig Ranch if he could just par out (honestly, he could have made five bogeys in seven holes and made it). What did he do? Bogeyed the 12th, 13th, 14th and added a triple-bogey on the 15th. After pars on 16 and 17, Iles made a closing bogey to miss out by two shots. Yikes.
Nick Rousey: You're standing on the 72nd hole of Q-School, needing a respectable score on your last to get into third stage. You stand on the tee, and the last person you want to think about is Jean Van de Velde. Well, then you go and pull a Van de Velde, but at a much stiffer price (at least the Frenchman left with a six-figure check). Rousey made a triple-bogey on his 18th hole to miss third stage by a shot.
Tommy Medina: Oh Tommy, Tommy, Tommy. Shades of Jason Gore at the 2005 U.S. Open were all around Medina, who was 7-under at the Bear Creek site, just off the lead of the entire thing before completely plummeting on Saturday. Medina closed with a final round 82 to miss out on third stage by a single shot. His final ten holes included six bogeys and a double-bogey.