The most exciting golf that has been happening this time of year may come from the Q-School events on the PGA and LPGA TOURs since so many players are pushing to earn their pro cards. This has unfortunately resulted in as much disappointment as success.
The most recent example of disappointment comes from Tom Murray. Hailing from England, the 28-year-old had a good season on the Developmental Tour but finished just shy of gaining an automatic European Tour card. Luckily for him, he had a chance to earn it back in the Q-School events, which grants cards to the top 15 finishers in the tournament.
Murray had been in the top 15 until the second to last event, which knocked him out. Murray knew he needed a good showing in the final Q-School event to earn his European Tour card and he was well on his way to earning it with rounds of 66 and 70 to start off the six-round event but tragedy struck, killing that dream instantly.
Tom Murray of England plays his first shot on the 1st tee during Day…
Tom Murray of England plays his first shot on the 1st tee during Day Three of the SSE Scottish Hydro Challenge hosted by Macdonald Hotels and Resorts at Macdonald Spey Valley Golf Course on June 23,… Get premium, high resolution news photos at Getty Images
After his round on Monday, Murray was informed that he had signed an inaccurate scorecard. While his score of 70 was actually correct, he made two mistakes on the scorecard, giving himself one extra stroke on one hole and one less stroke on another. According to the rules, that results in an automatic disqualification from the event. Murray has taken full responsibility and promised he would come back better and stronger.
This isn’t the first instance of disqualification in the Q-School events this year. Gian-Marco Petrozzi was disqualified from the same Q-School events as Murray, just earlier on. And the most bizarre of these DQ’s came from Doris Chen, who was disqualified when her mother allegedly moved her ball from out of bounds back into the field of play and Chen did not take a penalty.
So we’re leaving Q School having been DQd. Signed for 70 which was correct but two holes were incorrect, one higher one lower. My fault completely but still just as horrible. Rough end to the season but we will be back stronger @ETQSchool
— Tom Murray (@TomMurrayGolf) November 12, 2018
With all of these DQ’s taking place, one has to wonder if this is just lack of experience in crucial situations or if these players are simply getting caught because they are more closely watched than PGA TOUR professionals. Regardless, these young players have to get it together or they may never get a chance to show what they have at the top levels of the sport.
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