Anderson falls short of PGA Tour card; Blanks ties for 4th at Q-School

info@islandpacket.comDecember 4, 2012 

LA QUINTA, Calif. -- Beaufort's Mark Anderson's double-bogey 6 on his final hole of the final PGA Tour Q-School dropped him from a tie for 22nd that would have earned him his 2013 tour card into a tie for 32nd that instead earned him a spot on the Tour.

Anderson, who shot a 15-under-par 72-68-69-70-67-71--417 over the six-round event at the Nicklaus Tournament Course and the TPC Stadium Course at PGA West, spent 2012 on the PGA Tour, finishing 155th on the money list and 164th in the FedEx Cup standings.

The PGA Tour next year will end a half-century of tradition when Q-School will only provide cards to the secondary Tour.

The PGA Tour is changing its structure to make it more competitive than ever. The players who fail to reach the FedEx Cup playoffs will meet in a series of four tournaments called "The Finals," and the 25 players who earn the most money from those events will get their cards.

Former Bluffton resident Kris Blanks shot a 23-under 65-70-67-70-66-71--409 to finish tied for fourth and earn his 2013 PGA Tour card.

Morgan Hoffman, a graduate of the Hank Haney International Junior Golf Academy and the Heritage Academy, shot a 10-over-par 67-67-74-70-73-71--422 to tie for 73rd and earn a spot on the Tour.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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