Q School pressure is unlike any other.
The hopes of a prosperous season ahead rest on whether you can handle the heat over four rounds.
This is no ‘one and done’. What happens here shapes the opportunities that will be laid out for you for the next 12 months; it has the potential to be career-defining.
Three Australians and three Kiwis qualified for the Final Stage of Web.com Tour Q School at Whirlwind Golf Club in Arizona that guaranteed a card but not necessarily starts.
A top-10 finish would provide starts in each of the first 12 events of the 2019 season starting with The Bahamas Great Exuma Classic on January 13, a finish between 11-40 starts in the first eight events before being subject to the reshuffle.
Sitting 66th going into the final round, Wilkinson burst out of the blocks with a birdie at the first and after making par at the second made seven further birdies to make the turn at 8-under 28.
A ninth birdie at the par-4 10th hole put the magical mark of 59 well within reach but the left-hander with 186 career Web.com Tour starts cooled, making just one further birdie at the 17th to shoot 10-under 62 and end the week tied for 16th.
While Wilkinson made an impression on the leaderboard early in his round, Victorian Brett Coletta charged home late to make a similar leap.
Starting the final round in 74th position, Coletta birdied each of his opening three holes to generate momentum and then picked up four shots in the space of four holes – including an eagle at the par-5 15th – to shoot 63 and tied for 25th.
A 61 in the second round – which included 10 birdies and an eagle – was the backbone of Jamie Arnold’s week as he also finished in a tie for 25th with Kiwi Steven Alker shooting 65 in the fourth round to sneak into the cut-off of top 40 and ties.
New Zealand’s Nick Voke completed an extraordinary rookie season with four rounds in the 60s to be tied for 50th while Aussie amateur Min Woo Lee will have a decision to ponder after he ended the week tied for 67th and only limited status for 2019.
Five Australians were in action at the European Tour’s South African Open in Johannesburg but only one was able to qualify for the weekend, David Gleeson’s 65 in the second round the highlight as he finished tied for 65th.
Europe’s Staysure Tour concluded its season with the MCB Tour Championship in Mauritius where Peter Fowler completed his wonderful season with a tie for 17th.
In 18 events this year Fowler accumulated seven top-10 finishes and a win at the Willow Senior Golf Classic to finish seventh on the Order of Merit.
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