Beaufort golfer Anderson earns qualifying spot at RSM Classic

Beaufort's Mark Anderson has a tee time on the PGA Tour this week, going to extra holes to earn one of four qualifying spots in the RSM Classic at Sea Island, Ga.

Anderson survived a five-man playoff for the final two berths, punching his ticket with a par on the second extra hole at Brunswick (Ga.) Country Club. The former Beaufort Academy standout was in the best position on the long par-3 after ripping a hybrid to about 15 feet, getting down in two putts to lock up his spot.

It will be Anderson's first start since the WinCo Foods Portland Open in August, at the end of the Tour regular season.

"It's close to home and there's nothing going on this time of year. Why not give it a shot?" he said. "It's probably the closest PGA Tour event to my house. If I don't try for this one, I don't know what others I'd try."

Anderson will begin tournament play Thursday at 9:50 a.m. on Sea Island's Seaside course.

It's been a good week on course for Anderson, who also regained Tour eligibility after advancing to next month's qualifying finals in Florida. He tied for 14th at last week's second-stage qualifier in Brooksville, Fla., using a 69-69 weekend to easily move inside the 22-man cutoff.

"I didn't play as well as I probably could have, but I played solid," said Anderson, whose medical exemption expired in July after missing a chunk of the 2013-14 season to a fractured ankle. "It was just nice to play well in a really important event for me. It's not an easy one to get through, but I grinded it out."

Anderson made just three cuts in seven PGA Tour starts while playing out his exemption, with a best finish of 15th at the Travelers Championship in June. He also made 12 Tour starts, with four made cuts.

The extent of Anderson's 2016 Tour status will be determined by his performance at Q-school finals, which begin Dec. 10 at PGA National Resort & Spa in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. The top 45 players will have full eligibility, with restricted status for those falling below the threshold.