Pressure-packed Q School Final Stage begins for Oklahoma stars

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PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. – It’s a life-changing week for the 165 players who begin Q School’s Final Stage today with five PGA Tour cards as the ultimate prize along with  full status on the Korn Ferry Tour in 2024. There are a host of players with Oklahoma ties in the field, including some who unfortunately were unable to stay in the top 125 on the 2023 PGA Tour and now are facing a return to the Korn Ferry Tour barring a magical next four days.

Kevin Tway, Robert Streb and Max McGreevy would all fall in that category. Tway and Streb played their high school golf at Edmond North. Tway has played in 227 PGA Tour events mostly since 2013 with one victory while Streb has played in 300 with two wins in that same time frame. McGreevy, who played at Edmond Santa Fe, has played in 65 events with one runnerup finish. He has twice earned his PGA Tour card only to not keep it the following season. Tway was 147 in the FedEx Cup standings for 2023, Streb 173 and McGreevy 175. Only the top 125 have full status for 2024.

Also in the final stage coming off the Korn Ferry Tour this season are Quade Cummins of Edmond, Josh Creel of Edmond, Rhein Gibson of Edmond, Brendon Jelley (former Tulsan and Oklahoma State grad now living in Scottsdale, Ariz.) and Logan McAllister of Oklahoma City. Cummins, Gibson, Creel and McAllister are all members of Oak Tree National. Other players with Oklahoma ties in the field are former Oklahoma Sooners Grant Hirschman, Garret Reband and Blaine Hale and former Cowboys Kris Ventura and Zach Bauchou.

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The top five finishers and ties at Q-School’s Final Stage will earn 2024 PGA TOUR membership; the next 40 finishers and ties will earn guaranteed Korn Ferry Tour starts. Endless permutations of status-and-eligibility scenarios will unfold this week amidst windy conditions at TPC Sawgrass’ Dye’s Valley Course and Sawgrass Country Club.

Although it looks like one, with spectators, hundreds of volunteers, media and camera crews running around and banners flashing “Q-School presented by Korn Ferry,” Final Stage is not your average PGA TOUR or Korn Ferry Tour event. It doesn’t feature the usual roster of PGA TOUR members in the top 125 of the FedExCup standings intermixed with some Monday qualifiers and sponsor exemptions. In fact, most of the players headed to TPC Sawgrass and Sawgrass Country Club this week aren’t PGA TOUR members at all. At least not yet.

It is a melting pot of sorts, drawing in players of the highest level plucked from a variety of sources. The 165 players teeing it up share distinct backgrounds, encompassing everything from the top five finishers on PGA TOUR Canada to the No. 1 spot on the Japan Golf’s Tour Order of Merit (Keita Nakajima) to TOUR veterans who fell just outside the margin for full PGA TOUR status. But regardless of where they came from, every player in the field is united by one common goal: turning uncertainty into certainty and securing their status and eligibility for next season. And for some, they aren’t sure if they’ll ever get the chance to do so again. The last bullet in the chamber, so to speak.

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