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KINGWOOD, Texas — Patrick Flavin has done it again. He qualified Monday under heavy pressure, earning a playoff spot at the Clubs of Kingwood’s Deerwood Course and earning a spot on the court for the Mexican Open at Vidanta, a PGA Tour event that begins on June 28. april. the second leg of the Korn Ferry Tour Q School last year, Flavin went straight to Bermuda Open Monday Q and qualified. (The Bermuda Open, played last October, is part of this FedEx Cup season.) He finished T17. In March, he qualified for the Puerto Rico Open on Monday and finished T22. He received a sponsor exemption for the Corales Puntacana Championship and finished T54. He has accumulated 74 non-member FedEx points; he needs 100 to be safe in the Korn Ferry Tour finale.

When you’re so close but have no status, those Mondays are a ton of extra pressure. And it seems Flavin excels under pressure. At Deerwood, he went 6-under 30, then birdied his 10th hole. But he bugged four of the last seven holes, including two of his last three, and was relegated to the playoffs six-for-two after shooting a 4-under 68. As he headed for the score after a closing bogey, he was understandably upset. . He was in the last group, so after signing his card, he quickly picked up his bag, headed for the par-5 playoff hole, hit a perfect drive and a perfect hybrid, chipped about 18 inches and made the birdie putt to pass. I spoke with him when it was over.

Flavin has had baggage problems this year, having missed a Monday earlier this year after his bags failed to show up. It happened again en route to Texas. This time, her clothes didn’t make the trip. Fortunately, his clubs did. Always looking to support businesses that have helped him along the way, Flavin went to a store and bought a Titleist hat for qualifying.

Bryson Nimmer is riding in the same boat as Flavin. After a successful Monday Q for the Corales event, Nimmer finished T11. He racked up enough points to chase after Mondays for the rest of the year. “This is my best shot at getting status,” he said Monday. He more than made up for three bogeys, collecting eight birdies and an eagle to post the lowest round of the day, a 7-under 65.

As for Deerwood, the consensus among players I spoke to on the green was that any under-par player would have a shot at claiming one of the four spots. After seeing the scores, one of the players I had spoken with texted me. “We couldn’t have been more wrong,” he wrote. As always, a few players fell low. Never mind how 68 and under it took to get into the playoffs. A total of 1 under was good for a tie at six for 14th place. Seven other players equaled the par.

The course is where the US Open scenes for Tin Cup were filmed. The famous home hole is actually a long par-4, and a plaque in the middle of the fairway commemorates Roy McIvoy’s repeated attempts to clear the water in front of the green. During the practice round, every player in our group took a swing from the iconic spot. (If I hadn’t known the movie was filmed there, I never would have guessed it was the hole.) The trees have grown and the hole only looks a bit like the one in the movie. The playoff for last place ended on this hole when Turk Pettit shot a 4.

Brian Davis made over $12 million on the PGA Tour, but the dude saved money on his cart. Most carts these days are pretty fancy. But in a move I respect, Davis opted for an old-school two-wheeled model from Walmart. It probably cost $89, tops. It’s always cool to see a guy who once topped the “most money made without a Tour win” list being frugal.

Jeffrey Kang was an All-American at USC, but he struggled at times as a pro. In February at the WM Phoenix Open, more than eight years into his professional career, he quizzed on Monday for his first PGA Tour event. He missed the cut, but he won’t have to wait long for his second start. On Monday, he shot an impressive 66, including a back-nine 31 that featured an eagle on the 16th.

Big playoffs are one of the reasons I love Monday Questions, and this week didn’t disappoint. After announcing that the six players would be leaving in a group, Nick Drew, Tournament Director for the South Texas PGA Section (a PGA Section hosts Monday Q), said to me, “This is what you live for, is not it ?” Exactly!

I am often asked how many players take a caddy during a Monday Q. I usually say around 40%, but today I saw a lot less shopping carts. During the playoffs, all but one of the six players carried their own bag.

You can’t go to a Monday qualifier and not come across “In the Way Ray.” The legendary caddy has been working his tail and has been carrying for Mickey DeMorat lately. Ray drives around the country in his Chevy Sonic and estimates that he sleeps there “about 90% of the time”. He finds a quiet spot near the course and parks for the night, then showers at a gym or golf club. At Honda Monday Q last month, he gave me a tour of the car and how it makes things work.

Mark Baldwin was paired with Matt Every a few Mondays ago and had heard of his reputation for having a quick temper. But he was so nice; it was great to get to know him a bit. Every Monday I see him, I make it a point to chat with Every, 38, a two-time PGA Tour winner. This week was no different. “I was between 3 and 6 and like always, I blew it,” he said after a 1 in 73. He’s so candid and funny; it’s really refreshing. The logo for his new clothing brand, an image of him throwing a club, is awesome. Just a very good guy.

Michael C. Ford