Pro Putts Into The Water, Misses Card By One Stroke

Year in and year out, qualifying school brings out the best and the worst in professional golf.

On Monday, we shared the uplifting story of Cody Blick, the Tour hopeful who had his clubs stolen the night before the final round of Q-School, but today we bring you the other end of the spectrum and the tale of Patrick Sullivan.

Sullivan, 35, was in prime position to earn guaranteed status on the Tour in 2019 coming into the last round of the final stage. Starting Sunday in 23rd place — the top-40 earn status — Sullivan failed to get anything going on the front nine, trading a lone birdie with a bogey to shoot even par.

Still in the hunt, the Arkansas native birdied Nos. 12 and 13 to move into position to earn his status when disaster struck on the 14th hole. Sullivan found the green only to putt his ball into the water, leading to a double bogey. 

The double was followed by a bogey, putting Sullivan at 1-over par for the day and three shots off the number needed to earn status. Not going quietly, Sullivan birdied the 16th hole and eagled the 17th hole to move within one stroke of the number.

Needing a closing birdie to reach 18-under par and status, he stuffed his approach on the par-4 18th hole to four feet, but it wasn’t meant to be. 

Sullivan missed the four-footer for birdie, which meant he missed out on his guaranteed status by a single stroke.