- Guthrie made it past the second stage of Q-School to qualify for next month's final stage. Luke will have conditional status on the Web.com tour, but is looking to improve on that (meaning easier to qualify for tournaments).
- Hardy came up short by 2 strokes in his Q-School event, so he'll have to wait another year to try for his Web.com card. Since he has no status on any tour, I'll be curious to see if he tries to qualify for individual tournaments or moves to a third-tier tour (i.e. Canadian Tour, where Charlie Danielson played a couple years back).
- Meyer posted a T7 at Sanderson Farms a few weeks back playing on a sponsor's exemption. I'm hoping he plays more Tour events soon, he seems very comfortable out there.
- Langley made the cut in Mexico, while Points missed on his first event of the season.
- Last but definitely not least: Detry posted two T3 finishes in the past couple months in Europe, the latter against an impressive field. He is currently T3 in South Africa, 3 strokes behind Sergio Garcia. Final round will be on Golf Channel tomorrow morning (early). Good luck Thomas!
Strong showing so far for Team Belgium (Pieters/Detry) in the World Cup of Golf, tied for the lead with Team Korea. Round three coverage begins tonight at 7pm CST (Saturday in Australia). How awesome would it be to see an all-Illini team pull it off...
"Thomas Pieters and Thomas Detry won the $7 million World Cup of Golf by three strokes in Melbourne on Sunday to secure Belgium’s first title in the team event after surviving a late wobble and a charge from hosts Australia."
Pieters/Detry might be a formidable duo for Team Europe in future Ryder Cups. They seem to play REALLY well together, which definitely is no surprise.
Pieters seems to be rallying after a tough year - played well in the PGA Championship as well as the fall Euro events. Detry had a strong fall as well, and has a good shot to win his first pro event in the near future. Both could be in for a big 2019.
And the U of I was mentioned in the telecast! Two guys from Belgium, two Illini, two Thomases! And me, a duffer, who is also a Thomas! Not from Belgium. I'm
from DeKalb, Illinois, not DeKalb, Belgium. But I like the Thomas thing.
After a strong year on Web.com, Langley has continued his push in the Tour. He's made 5 of 7 cuts, including the last four, and is putting together a nice weekend in Palm Springs. Yesterday he shot a bogey-free 65, and today he's birded 3 of his first 6 holes to get to T5 (four strokes behind Phil, who shot a 60 on Thursday). Keep it up Scott, hopefully we'll see you notch that first Tour win soon!
Langley currently sits at -15 going in to the final round, good enough for T12 and seven strokes off of the lead. Might be insurmountable in a "shootout" tournament where the winner will be around -28 or so, but hopefully he can post a top ten and take a big step closer towards making the FedEx cup playoffs.
Also, in the first round of the Web.com tournament in the Bahamas (a weird Sun-Wed tourney), Dylan opened with a 71 - good enough for T7 right now on what appears to be a challenging course and/or awful conditions. Seems like he thrives in those conditions, which will make him well-suited for majors (especially the U.S. Open as we've seen) but not so much on the regular tour events where -20 is the norm (i.e. John Deere). It'll definitely be fun to watch him develop as a pro. Brian Campbell is the other Illini playing, currently T33 at +2.
Scott fell back with a 73 yesterday, but now tied for third after a birdie-birdie start. He's now 4 strokes behind Casey, hopefully he can keep closing the gap. Coverage is on CBS now, and they did show Langley's chip and putt on No. 2.
Also, play was delayed due to a hailstorm and probably won't finish until tomorrow.