Why this former LIV Golf player is allowed to compete at PGA Tour Q-School

Former LIV Golf player Turk Pettit is attempting to get a PGA Tour card via Q-School. Here's why the former 'rebel' player is cleared to compete.

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Mon, 30 Oct 2023
Why this former LIV Golf player is allowed to compete at PGA Tour Q-School

Former LIV Golf player Turk Pettit was one of the notable names who made it through to the second stage of PGA Tour Q-School.

The 24-year-old golfer played in all seven events of LIV's 2022 'beta-test' season. 

He was part of the Niblicks side, captained by double Masters champion Bubba Watson, and his best finish came when he posted a T-27 in Bangkok. 

Over the course of the season, he picked up $1,691,000 in prize money.

Watson chose not to sign Pettit to his rebranded RangeGoats for the 2023 campaign, instead opting to add Talor Gooch and Thomas Pieters to his side.

Approximately 30 minutes after the opening tee shots at LIV's maiden event at Centurion Club last June, the PGA Tour released a letter to its members confirming those who had taken part were suspended. 

The 'rebel' players were told they would not be allowed to play in PGA Tour-sanctioned events for the foreseeable future. That, of course, included the Korn Ferry Tour, of which Pettit was a member. 

A number of high-profile players remain suspended, despite ongoing negotiations to ratify the framework agreement that was announced by the PGA Tour, DP World Tour and LIV's financiers, the Saudi PIF, in June. 

Pettit reportedly resigned his PGA Tour membership in order to play LIV events. Now he has been cleared to return and is attempting to obtain one of five PGA Tour cards on offer through Q School. 

The first stage of Q School saw 13 events played across the U.S. Pettit was one of 19 players to advance to the second stage from where he teed it up at Walden on Lake Conroe Golf Club in Montgomery, Texas. He finished eighth on 14-under to advance to the next stage. 

Other notables to advance to the second stage included Wesley Bryan's brother George, of YouTube fame. 

The final stage of PGA Tour Q-School will take place at TPC Sawgrass over 14-17 December. The top five and ties will earn immediate promotion to golf's highest level. 

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