Sunday, November 30, 2008

Dong Yi makes it to Q School final

Alameda native Dong Yi, who shares the course record at Metro with pal James Hahn, has secured a spot on the Nationwide Tour and could qualify for the PGA Tour with a top 25 finish in the final stage of Q School. Ron Salsig has the story:

"I knew I was close teeing off that last hole," Yi said. "Talk about Q-School pressure, that's it."

Yi hit his tee shot into a fairway bunker on the 460-yard par-4 hole. He was 160 yards to the pin, but had to hit a 9-iron to clear the lip of the bunker. His ball ended up in the right rough, short of the green, 25 feet from the hole. He chipped to five feet.

And there he was, staring at a five-footer for his life, a five-footer that meant the difference between another year on the mini-tours, or finally qualifying for at least the Nationwide Tour. When the putt dropped into the hole, he felt a life-long effort exhale in relief.

"Now at least I know I will play somewhere in the PGA Tour hierarchy next year," Yi said. "But I'm gunning for the top 25."