PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. – Former Arkansas men’s golf standouts Austin Cook and Andrew Landry will be part of a field of 150 players looking to secure their Web.com Tour status for the upcoming year at the Final Stage of the Web.com Tour Qualifying Tournament at PGA National in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. beginning on Thursday.
The Final Stage is a six-round event over the PGA National’s Champion and Fazio courses (Champion also hosts the PGA TOUR’s Honda Classic as part of its late-winter Florida swing).
The medalist at Final Stage will be fully exempt on the Web.com Tour for the 2015 season, while the top 10 finishers will be assured of a spot until the third reshuffle of 2015. Finishers No. 11-45 will be assured of entry until the second reshuffle, and the rest of the field will earn conditional status based on order of finish.
Cook and Landry will be looking to join seven-time Arkansas All-American Sebastian Cappelen on the Web.com Tour in 2014-15. Cappelen received full exempt status last year on the Web.com Tour for 2013-14 and 2014-15 when he won the Air Capital Classic in Wichita, Kansas in his professional debut just weeks after finishing up his collegiate career. Cappelen nearly earned his PGA Tour card, finishing one spot outside the top 25 on the Web.com Tour money list.
Cook and Landry will open play on Thursday just 11 minutes apart, but Cook will play the PGA National’s Fazio Course starting at 7:22 a.m. CT, while Landry will go off at 7:33 a.m. on the Champion Course.
Last May, Cook qualified for the PGA Tour’s FedEx St. Jude Classic in Memphis by winning the qualifier held at Windyke Country Club in Memphis. Playing just over an hour from his hometown of Jonesboro, Ark., Cook did more than just make it to the weekend, finishing in a tie for 13th overall. Cook finished in front of PGA Tour standouts Graeme McDowell, Dustin Johnson, Davis Love III, Retief Goosen, Zach Johnson and others. A 2013 graduate and two-time SEC Scholar-Athlete of the Year, Cook used a final round 68 and carded just three bogeys over four rounds on the back nine at the Hombre Golf Club to make it out of the Second Stage.
An All-American and All-SEC selection each of his three years (2007-09) as a Razorback, Landry advanced to the Final Stage of Q-School on the strength of a seven-under 64 in the third round of the Second Stage also at Hombre Golf Club in Panama City Beach, Fla. Landry won the Bay Oaks Open last May on the Adams Pro Tour and has finished runner-up three more times in his last six events on the tour. He finished fifth on the Adams Pro Tour money list in 2014.
Live scoring of the six-day Final Stage can be found at www.PGATour.com/webcom.