Former NCAA champion Scott Langley earned his 2013 PGA Tour card at PGA Tour Q School on Monday.
Dec. 3, 2012
LA QUINTA, Calif. - Former University of Illinois NCAA champion and All-American golfer Scott Langley earned his 2013 PGA Tour card by shooting a four-under-par 68 in the sixth and final round of the PGA Tour qualifying tournament at the 7,300-yard, par-72 TPC Stadium Course on Monday. Langley finished the tournament tied for 17th at 19-under-par to become the fifth former Illini golfer who will play on the PGA Tour in 2013, joining Steve Stricker, D.A. Points, Luke Guthrie and Joe Affrunti. Langley was one of 26 golfers to earn their PGA Tour cards.
This is the final Q-school where players can go straight to the PGA Tour. Next year, Q-school will only provide cards to the Web.com Tour.
"To get this one is extra special, knowing that next year guys won't have this opportunity," Langley told the Associated Press.
Langley fired an even-par 72 in the tournament's first round but rebounded with three straight 69s in the next three rounds. He surged up the leader board on Sunday with a six-under-par 66.
"We're extremely proud of Scott and his accomplishment of getting on the PGA Tour," Illinois head coach Mike Small said. "He's reached the pinnacle of golf and now he has a chance to showcase his skills on the top tour in the world. I've really enjoyed coaching Scott. When he was here at Illinois, he was the perfect student-athlete. We're proud of the successes he had here at Illinois and we're proud of what he's going to do in his professional career."
On Monday, Langley birdied the par-4 second hole and added two more birdies on the par-5 fifth and par-3 sixth before bogeying the par-4 seventh hole. He ended up -2 on the front nine and started the back nine strong with birdies on 11 and 12. Langley then managed to keep a steady hand, carding six straight pars to finish the round at -4 and the tournament at -19.
Langley was the NCAA individual champion in 2010, Illinois' first medalist at the NCAA Championships, and was a three-time All-American from 2009-11. He was the Big Ten Player of the Year in 2010 and the conference's Freshman of the Year in 2008. Langley also broke Illinois' career stoke average record, which had been held by Stricker since 1989, with a 72.50, a mark that Guthrie bested a year later with a 72.08. And Langley broke Illinois' single-season stroke average records with a 71.37 in 2009-10, before Guthrie posted a 71.36 in 2010-11 and a 71.19 in 2011-12.
The 2013 PGA Tour schedule begins with the Hyundai Tournament of Champions in Kapalua, Hawaii, Dec. 31-Jan. 7. The Golf Channel will provide television coverage.