Griffiths through to next stage

English youngster aims for PGA Tour short cut

Golfmagic correspondent
Sat, 27 Oct 2001


Hertfordshire 21-year-old David Griffiths aims to take a short cut to the top of the professional ladder.

And after less than a fortnight in the paid ranks, after a successful amateur career, he has reached the second stage of qualifying for a place on the toughest Tour in the world.

He fired rounds of 71,70,72, 72 to reach the second stage of the US PGA Tour Qualifying School. He finished third at the famous Pinehurst No.2 course on three under par, just one behind the leading qualifier.

German World Cup player Alex Cejka also got through at Bogart, Tennessee in a tie for sixth place with a six under par total.

Two Swedes Daniel Chopra and Chris Hanell also made it to the next stage at Old Fort Tennessee with -12 and -10 scores for four rounds, but fellow countryman Anders Forsbrand missed out.

Another to falter at the final hurdle was Edinburgh -born David Kirkpatrick. He led his first round qualifying group at World Woods in Florida with rounds of 65 and 68, but slipped back with 73 and 77.

At the same course, 17-year-old wonder boy Ty Tryon led the qualifiers on 15 under par.

Already through to the second stage are Englishmen Luke Donald and Paul Curry, though Donald failed to make the cut at this week's Buick Challenge.

 

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