PGA Tour Q-School Final Stage: Three are tied for the lead at the halfway point
Kyle Westmoreland (PGA Tour Photo)
Kyle Westmoreland (PGA Tour Photo)

A 6-under 64 for Kyle Westmoreland and a 4-under 66 for Blaine Hale Jr. propelled them to the top of the leaderboard at 7-under with the first-round leader Harrison Endycott, who shot a second-round 2-under 68. 

Westmoreland tied Spencer Levin for the tournament's best round with a 6-under 64. The best score in the first round was Endycott and Tano Goya, who shot 5-under 65. 

Fan favorite Harry Higgs and Trace Crowe both shot 5-under 65 to move into T4 at 6-under.

Keita Nakajima, Hayden Springer, and Brandon Harkins are T6 at 5-under.

Goya struggled in his second round, shooting a 2-over 72 and falling to T15.

Sawgrass Country Club played significantly harder in the first round than Dye's Valley Course. Sawgrass averaged 73.099 in the first round, while the Valley averaged 70.791. Sawgrass had 38 double-bogeys to the Valley’s 32 and eight scores of triple-bogey or higher, to three at the Valley.

In the second round, Sawgrass Country Club played easier, and golfers were able to take advantage of the slightly easier conditions. 

Wesley Bryan, part of the duo "The Bryan Brothers" on YouTube with his brother George, shot a 4-under 66, recording eight birdies and a quadruple bogey on No. 8. 

Biggest Movers

Aldrich Potgieter moved up 94 spots on the leaderboard after his 7-under 63. 

Spencer Levin moved up 67 spots after his 6-under 64.

Westmoreland went up 19 spots to T1, and Higgs and Crowe went up 16 spots after their 5-under 65.

Satoshi Kodaira, Rob Oppenheim, and Daniel Summerhays all moved 61 spots up the leaderboard after rounds of 5-under 65.

Steven Fisk and Grant Hirschman moved up 64 spots after a round of 4-under 66.

Trey Winstead and Braden Thornberry moved up 65 spots after a 4-under 66.

Alistair Docherty moved up 62 spots after a 5-under 65.

Notable Players

Former Stanford standout Isaiah Salinda shot a 2-under 68 in the first round to sit T10 with ten other golfers. He followed that up with another 2-under 68 to sit T9 at 4-under.

Former PGA Tour winners Austin Cook, Kevin Tway, and Adam Long are all out of the top 50 and over par for the tournament

Sam Bennett, former Texas A&M standout and 2023 Masters Low Amateur, 2-under and is T30.

2023 NCAA Division I Individual champion Fred Biondi is 1-under and is T38.

Weather incoming

The chance of the tournament getting through 72 holes in four days is less and less likely, as serious rain and wind are heading towards Ponte Verde Beach, Fla., this weekend.

According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), there is a coastal flood advisory from Friday night to Sunday afternoon. They are calling for winds up to 30-40 miles per hour and heavy rain and storms on Saturday afternoon.

To combat this, the PGA Tour is moving the third-round tee times from 8:20 a.m. at Dye’s Valley Course and the Sawgrass Country Club to 7:30 a.m., hoping to get done as soon as possible.

Tour officials said that if necessary, the tournament will be finished on Monday because they have to play 72 holes. Shortening the tournament to 54 holes would be a competitive disadvantage for the golfers that had to play Sawgrass twice if half the field only played it once, with Sawgrass Country Club playing two shots harder on the first day.

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72-hole stroke play tournament for professionals and for amateurs who have advanced through the second stage of PGA TOUR Q-School. The top five finishers and ties at Final Stage will earn PGA TOUR cards, while other finishers will receive various levels of membership status on the Korn Ferry Tour.

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