By petedirenzo
Wednesday, December 03, 2008

Michelle Wie is off to a strong start after her opening round at LPGA Q school. Wie shot a three-under 69 on Wednesday, five shots behind leader Shiho Oyama.A field of 140 women will be trying for 20 spots in the 5-day, 90-hole tournament in Daytona Beach, Fla. Complete pairings are here, and scores are here. Other players to keep an eye on: * Stacy Lewis: A former NCAA champ at Arkansas, she tied for third at the 2008 U.S. Open in her professional debut, but the $162,487 she earned did not count toward her LPGA card. Only money earned from domestic, LPGA-sanctioned events can count for non-members. * Anna Rawson: Known more for her off-course endeavors, Rawson missed her card by a shot last year. She still managed 13 starts on the LPGA Tour in '08. Her best finish was a T10 at the Bell Micro LPGA Classic.For the men, the top 25 and ties earn cards for 2009. Follow the action in La Quinta, Calif. on our leaderboard. Here are some names to look for:* Notah Begay III: Tiger's teammate at Stanford and a four-time Tour winner, he has been battling injuries. Begay made only nine starts last season.* Carlos Franco: The four-time Tour winner hasn't notched a top 10 since Doral in 2006.* Joe Durant: He caught fire at the end of 2006 with top 10s in his last five events, including a win at Disney, a playoff loss at the Southern Farm Bureau Classic, and a third place finish at the Tour Championship. He's only managed two top 10s since.* Jay Williamson: He was on the losing end of a fantastic playoff against Hunter Mahan at the 2007 Travelers Championship, and his only top 10 in '08 was another playoff loss, this time to Kenny Perry at the John Deere Classic.* Jason Gore: The lovable loser from the 2005 U.S. Open at Pinehurst proved he wasn't a fluke by winning three times on the Nationwide Tour to earn his PGA Tour card for 2006. When he added a victory at the 84 Lumber Classic to his stellar 2005 season, a new star was born. Gore recorded 10 top 10s in his three years on Tour, but that wasn't enough to keep his card.* Frank Lickliter II: He went nuts at Q-school last year, opening 62-62 to earn medalist honors. But he finished in the top 25 three times in 32 events last season.* Bob May: Before Rocco Mediate, Tiger's toughest opponent in a major was May. At the 2000 PGA Championship, May matched Tiger -- or some might argue Tiger matched May -- on the back nine at Valhalla. After making a tough putt on 18 to force a playoff, Woods eventually defeated May to win his second PGA. May's career was nearly over after he blew out his back at the 2003 Byron Nelson. He had successful surgery in 2004 and has bounced between the Nationwide and PGA tours ever since.* Jason Day: "The Next Big Thing" in 2007 is trying to get back on Tour. Then he can think about challenging Tiger.* Chris Riley: Fair or not, he's never been the same since his public lashing for refusing to play 36 at the 2004 Ryder Cup.* Mark Brooks: The 1996 PGA Championship winner missed six of 11 cuts in 2008.* Tommy "Two Gloves" Gainey: He nearly earned his card in the last event of the season, only to finish second to Davis Love III.

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