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WINTER GARDEN, FLA. -- Three-time All-American and former CCU golfer Dustin Johnson earned a spot on next year's PGA Tour after finishing in the top 25 of the Q-School Final State at Orange County National Golf Center and Lodge in Winter Garden, Fla.
Johnson shot a six-round score of 16-under par to make it by two shots, finishing in a tie for 14th, shooting rounds of 72-67-67-70-66-74=416 combined at the Crooked Cat and Panther Lake courses at the Orange County Center. He took advantage of the Panther Lake course, going 16-under (67-67-66) in his three rounds on that track, while playing Crooked Cat in even par (72-70-74), including a final round two-over 74 that put him on the Tour next year. Of the 26 to earn their Tour cards, Johnson is one of 15 that will be considered rookies, as well as one of just nine to earn cards after going through all three stages and among the eight to earn the coveted card in their first trip to the Q-School finals.
The event was a six-round, 108-hole tournament with a cut after four rounds. The low 25 finishers and ties from the 160-player field get their PGA Tour cards for 2008. The next 50 or so players will earn fully-exempt status on the Nationwide Tour. The remaining players will all be eligible for non-exempt 2008 Nationwide Tour membership.
Johnson tied for third in the second stage of the PGA Tour Qualifying School, Nov. 14-17, shooting under-par in each of his four rounds of the Second Stage, firing scores of 69, 66, 70 and 68 for a four-round total of 15-under 273, one shot behind co-medalists Bubba Dickerson and Scott Parel. He won his Q-School First Stage event in Auburn, Ala., by eight shots, firing rounds of 65-71-69-70=275 (-13) at the Auburn University Club to best four players by the eight shots.
A three-time All-American, including first team honors the last two years, Johnson finished the season as the No.3 ranked golfer in the nation, according to GolfStat and the Sagarin GolfWeek Ratings Index after averaging a school-record 70.40 strokes per round in 43 rounds played and finishing as the program's all-time leader in scoring average at 72.26 in 152 rounds. The three-time Big South Player of the Year, he posted top 10 finishes in 12 of the 14 tournaments he played in, including individual wins at the Coca-Cola Duke Golf Classic, Administaff ASU Invitational and PUPS Big South Conference Championship. He tied for ninth at the 2007 NCAA Championship and was at one time this season the No. 1 ranked player in the country. He was the sixth men’s golfer in Big South history to be named All-Conference all four years, as well as a semifinalst for the Ben Hogan Award. He represented the U.S. in the 11th Palmer Cup at Caves Valley Golf Club in Owings Mills, Md., helping the team retain the cup, and at the 2006 Fuji Xerox USA vs. Japan Collegiate Golf Championship, going 1-1-1 and helping the U.S. win the event. He also helped the U.S. squad capture the Walker Cup at Royal County Down Golf Club in Newcastle, Ireland, as Johnson was 1-1-1 in his three matches over the weekend.