No PGA for Wilkinson

04:24, Dec 04 2012
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ROUGH LUCK: Tim Wilkinson's PGA ambitions have been quashed at qualifying school.

Manawatu professional golfer Tim Wilkinson missed out on a place on the 2013 PGA Tour after a day of lost opportunities at qualifying school today.

Wilkinson needed to finish in the top 25 players to earn a spot on the world's richest golf circuit next year, but fell away at final stage of the qualifying tournament at La Quinta in California.

The former PGA Tour pro, who began the final round only one shot back from the qualifying mark, lost momentum with a one-over par 73 in the sixth round to slip back to tie for 49th.

Wilkinson finished on a 13-under par total to miss the mark by four shots and will return to a feeder tour next year.

It was a frustrating day for him as he kept following birdies with bogeys at the next hole hole.
The six-round qualifying event saw 172 players competing for a place on the top tour, including established professionals Ross Fisher, Camilio Villegas and Robert Karlsson.

Danny Lee also missed out, with one shot costing him a spot on the tour.

The Rotorua 22-year-old was agonisingly close to regaining a place on PGA Tour, finishing in a tie for 27th and one stroke off a tie for 22nd - which would have secured his tour card.
Former US Amateur Champion Lee, who had opened with rounds of 72 and 75 to be in a share of 150th place, played the following four rounds in 19-under par to give himself a chance.

A final round 70 on the iconic TPC Stadium Course at PGA West will leave Lee kicking himself however, making a double bogey on the par five fifth hole.

South Korean Dong Hwan Lee topped qualifying on 25-under par, one stroke ahead of England's Fisher and American Steve LeBrun.

Swedish veteran Karlsson also made the grade with established American trio Kris Blanks, Chez Reavie and 2010 New Zealand Open winner Bobby Gates.

Notable names to miss out were Villegas, Heath Slocum, Alex Cejka, Rod Pampling, Tim Pernice Jnr and Nick O'Hern


Manawatu Standard