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Big names fail to advance at PGA Q-School

Steve Pate, Duffy Waldorf and Jay Delsing were teammates at UCLA during the early 1980s. Now they are part of another class with far less distinction.

All three failed to advance out of the second stage of Q-School.

Waldorf, a four-time winner on the PGA Tour, failed to finish in the top 125 on the money list for the first time in 1990, and because he was outside the top 150, he had to go through the second stage. He still should be able to play about 20 events next year with his past champion status.

Other trends from the second stage? Being a former U.S. Amateur champion didn't carry much weight. Among the former Amateur winners who didn't advance to the final stage were Matt Kuchar, Ricky Barnes and Jeff Quinney.

Another casualty was Ty Tryon, now 21 and old enough to buy a drink, but who has nowhere to play except on the mini-tours. Tryon became the youngest qualifier four years ago at 17, but it appears to be getting tougher the older he gets. He failed to break par in any of his four rounds.

The six-round final stage gets under way Nov. 30 at Orange County National in Orlando, Fla.

November 29, 2005

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