Reed earns PGA card; 3 get Web.com spots

Mondays will never be the same for Patrick Reed.

The former University High golfer made a name for himself on the PGA Tour last season when he made it through Monday qualifying in several tournaments, including the Zurich Classic of New Orleans.

On this Monday, Reed rallied with a final round of 5-under-par 67 to finish in a tie for 22nd in the PGA Tour’s Qualifying Tournament — otherwise known as Q School — to earn PGA Tour playing privileges for the 2013 season.

Reed basically earned his tour card by finishing “on the number.” He finished the six-round event at PGA West in LaQuinta, Calif., in a tie for 22nd place at 17 under 415.

The top 25 golfers and ties, 26 players in all, earned their PGA Tour cards.

Three other Louisiana golfers took part in the Q School but came up short of earning their PGA Tour cards, receiving Web.com Tour cards instead.

Former LSU and Episcopal golfer Andrew Loupe also closed with a 68 to tie for 64th place to earn his Web.com card.

“I didn’t have my ‘A’ game this week,” Loupe said. “But I battled with everything I had and gave it all I had. I struggled the first day (shooting a 2-over 74), but overall, I’m very proud of what I did. I accomplished a goal I wanted to accomplish.”

Baton Rouge native Heath Slocum started Monday’s final round in a tie for 24th, good enough to earn a PGA Tour card, but shot a final-round 72 to finish in a tie for 32nd.

Former LSU golfer and Baton Rouge resident Scott Sterling closed with a 68 to move up from a tie for 55th to finish in a tie for 32nd as well.

As with the other golfers who earned Web.com Tour cards, Loupe knew his finish was short of his ultimate goal of being on the PGA Tour, but getting exempt Web.com status gives him a strong foundation moving forward.

“I don’t have to go back to Monday qualifying or minitours next year,” Loupe said. “I can set my schedule. I’m looking forward to next year.”

Reed had no exempt status on the PGA Tour during the 2012 season.

That meant he was forced to compete for one of four available Monday qualifying slots week after week to try to get into tournament fields, or rely on sponsor’s exemptions.

In all, he played in 12 PGA Tour events in 2012, making the cut in seven, including five top-25 finishes.

His best finish and check was a tie for 11th in October at the Frys.com Open, where he earned $106,000. Reed tied for 24th in April in the Zurich.

South Korean D.H. Lee won the qualifier with a score of 25 under 407.