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Trahan Qualifies for 2012 PGA Tour

Oct. 23, 2011

CLEMSON, SC – Former Clemson All-American D.J. Trahan sank a 22-foot birdie putt on the last hole at the Children’s Miracle Network Hospital’s Classic at Lake Buena Vista, FL to finish 125th on the PGA Tour money list and earn his Tour Card for 2012. Trahan shot a two under par 70 for the round, but played the last four holes at two under par to make the top 125. He finished at five under par for the tournament with a 283 score, good enough for 46th overall.

The top 125 players on the PGA Tour money list qualify for the next season’s Tour, so finishing in the top 125 was important to Trahan, who led Clemson to the NCAA Championship in 2003. Trahan has had his PGA Tour Card every year since 2005. He finished this year with $668,166, ahead of 126th place Bobby Gates by just $1,431. Trahan now has $8,626,283 in career earnings.

Trahan was one of four former Tigers to finish in the top 125 on the PGA Tour this year. Jonathan Byrd, a senior in 2000, finished 22nd on the money list with $2,938,920. That is the most money he has won in one year and his highest ranking on the money list. He has now won $14,868,549 for his career, 66th in the history of the PGA Tour.

Lucas Glover won $1,823,327 this year to finish 48th on the PGA Tour money list for 2011. He has now won $14,907,873 in career earnings to rank 65th in the history of the tour, just one spot ahead of his former teammate Byrd. The difference is their all-time ranking is Glover’s victory last May over Byrd in a playoff at the Wachovia Championship in Charlotte. It is the only time two former Clemson golfers have met in a PGA Tour playoff.

Kyle Stanley, a rookie on the PGA Tour this year, finished 55th in earnings with $1,523,657. Classmate Ben Martin finished 164th on the money list with $340,080. He finished strong on Sunday with a top 25 finish at the Children’s Miracle Network Hospital Classic. He birdied six of his last nine holes to get that top 25 finish.

Charles Warren played predominantly on the Nationwide Tour this year, but he won $96,423 on the PGA Tour in 10 events. Sam Saunders won $132,525 in his seven events.

Overall, seven former Clemson golfers who played in PGA Tour events this year won a combined $7,523,098.