Nov. 30, 2011
LA QUINTA, Calif. - Former Auburn golfer Will Claxton shot an 8-under
64 to tie for the lead in Wednesday's opening round of the 2011 PGA TOUR qualifying school final stage at PGA West in La Quinta, Calif.
The final stage, which plays six rounds from Nov. 30 through Dec. 5,
is held at the Stadium and Nicklaus courses of PGA West. A total of
172 professionals will vie for PGA and Nationwide tour cards, as well
as professional exemptions for the 2012 season.
Claxton leads a group of six former Tigers at Q-School after firing
six back-nine birdies at the Nicklaus Course to move his way up the
leaderboard. The Auburn resident made the turn at 2-under following
an eagle on the par-5, 7th.
Roland Thatcher finished the day tied for 26th with a 4-under opening
round at the Nicklaus Course. Thatcher, who finished 127th in the
money during the PGA TOUR's 2011 season, is looking to increase his
exemption status for 2012.
Lee Williams, who was a two-time Walker Cup selection for the Tigers,
shot a 3-under 69 and is tied for 44th at the Nicklaus Course.
Williams finished the 2011 NGA Tour season second in points and fourth
in the money.
Reid Edstrom shot even par at the tougher Stadium Course and is tied
for 107th, followed by Jimmy Brandt in 126th at 1-over and Glenn
Northcutt in 153rd at 3-over, also playing the Stadium Course.
Strong winds were forecast for Thursday, with sustained winds
estimated at 24 mph.
Complete tournament information can be accessed via www.PGA
Tour.com/QSchool. Play will be televised Saturday through Monday on
The Golf Channel.