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  • 11.02.03

Mind Your Tees and Q’s

Every December, professional golfers vie for the right to play in the PGA and Nationwide tours. Dubbed “Q-School,” the Final Stage Qualifying Tournament is a six-round, 108-hole contest that’s been called the most difficult golf tournament in the world.

Every December, professional golfers vie for the right to play in the PGA and Nationwide tours. Dubbed “Q-School,” the Final Stage Qualifying Tournament is a six-round, 108-hole contest that’s been called the most difficult golf tournament in the world.

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Normally, I don’t pay much attention to golf, much less its career-development and deal-making applications in the world of work, but Q-School fascinates me. At base, it’s a job interview. The 30 best players will receive PGA Tour cards. The next 50 get Nationwide Tour cards. The remainder can enter the Nationwide Tour — but only if players ranked above them don’t enter.

It’s a hard cut. If you don’t do well at Q-School, you can’t play. And if you can’t play, you can’t win. And if you can’t win, well, then it’s back to Q-School, I suppose. Or to the public courses.

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