Ryan Yip makes a big move at PGA Q-School
Sun, 04 Dec 2011 08:53:27
by Golf Canada
The last time Ryan Yip played the PGA West Stadium course, he recorded six bogeys and a double bogey on his way to a 78, throwing a wrench into his q-school plans. Saturday, the Calgary golfer managed to tame the blustery conditions on the same golf course, posting a 5-under 67 to vault himself back into contention for a 2012 Tour card.
Yip's six birdie, one bogey effort was one of only five rounds posted in the 60s on yet another windswept day in California. It helped the 26-year-old climb from 107th into a tie for 21st.
Only the top 25 will earn their 2012 PGA Tour card at the end of Monday's sixth and final round.
Stuart Anderson of Sooke, B.C., had a roller-coaster round which included three birdies and an eagle but also one bogey, one double bogey and one triple bogey. Despite his 1-over 73 he managed to improve his standing, moving into a tie for 28th.
Adam Hadwin of Abbotsford, B.C., had his worst round of the week, starting triple bogey-bogey on two of his first four holes. He made the turn in 41 but only a single birdie on the back nine left him with a 4-over 76, dropping him into a tie for 41st. The good news is he's just two shots off the magic number that gets him into the top 25.
Brad Fritsch of Ottawa also struggled with the conditions on Saturday, playing his final 11 holes in 6-over par for a round of 77. After starting the day inside the top 10, he finds himself tied for 50th.
James Love of Calgary also played his final 11 holes in 6-over par for a 77 as well, leaving him tied for 125th.
Richard Scott of Kingsville, Ont., lost five strokes over a six hole stretch for a round of 77 to leave him tied for 142nd.
Richard T. Lee of Vancouver had three double bogeys for a round of 75, leaving him 152nd.
Matt McQuillan of Kingston, Ont., withdrew. He was sitting 168th when the day started. He was assured of at least part-time status on the Tour after finishing 137th on the money list this past season. He was looking at this week as a way of improving that standing heading into 2012.