Albany golf pro Josh Broadaway is just a few spots outside of the Top 25 of the PGA Tour's Q-School finals after three rounds of the six-round tournament.
LA QUINTA, Calif. -- Josh Broadaway was right where he wanted to be heading into Friday's third round of the PGA Tour Q-School finals.
Now the Albany native has some work to do to earn that coveted PGA Tour card, which is handed out to the Top 25 players in the six-day tournament in California.
Broadaway was tied for 21st place at 4-under par after two rounds, but he shot an even-par 72 on Friday on the PGA West Stadium Course to fall into a tie for 43rd place with 12 other golfers. With three rounds to go, the Byne Christian grad is nine shots behind leader Will Claxton but only three shots out of the Top 25.
Broadaway started on the back nine Friday and quickly fell to 3-over in his round with a bogey on No. 10 and a double bogey on No. 14. He then turned it around with birdies on Nos. 15 and 17 and then shot par on eight straight holes before ending his round with a birdie on No. 8 and a par on No. 9.
The final three rounds will all be televised on The Golf Channel beginning today as 171 golfers try to make the jump into golf's biggest tour. It's a destination Broadaway has dreamed about since joining the Nationwide Tour nearly a decade ago, and he seemed destined to get there just months ago when he climbed all the way up to No. 13 in the Nationwide Tour money list -- well inside the Top 25 that he needed to be in to automatically receive his PGA Tour card.
After earning a sponsor's exemption at the South Georgia Classic in Valdosta in May, he played his way back onto the Tour, then proceeded to post seven Top 25 finishes out of eight tournaments during a hot streak between July and September, including earning the biggest single-tournament payday of his career ($70, 400) at the Nationwide Children's Hospital Invitational on July 24, and tying a career-high finish of third (Price Cutter Charity Championship, Aug. 14).
However, he slipped in the money list as the season wore on and eventually fell out of the Top 25 in the final weeks of the season, ending at 28th.
BROADAWAY SPOTLIGHTED BY ESPN: An ESPN.com article published Thursday night chronicled Josh Broadaway's quest to earn his first PGA Tour card.
The article by Farrell Evans, titled "For Josh Broadaway, a gripping story," was a wide-ranging piece that covered everything from Broadaway's career as a cross-handed golfer to his first two rounds in the PGA Tour Q-School finals tournament this weekend
In the article, Broadaway talks about dealing with the high winds in California during the opening rounds of the Q-School tourney but then elaborates on the nine-year journey that he has been on since first competing in the same Q-School tournament in 2002.
"I've learned how to move on to the next shot and not get too down on myself," he told ESPN.com. "Back then I would hit one bad shot and my whole round would be done. I had the worst attitude. I have gotten into the process of hitting shots, whether they are good or bad, accepting the result and moving on."
And Broadaway, who found himself outside of the Top 25 after Friday's round, also told Evans how much a PGA Tour card would mean to him.
"I just need to keep giving myself more chances to make birdies and make good saves when I need to," Broadaway told ESPN's Evans. "I definitely don't want to play the Nationwide Tour next year. I want to get my card."
Evans also reported that Broadaway would "be the first cross-handed player on the PGA Tour since Charlie Owens was out there in the 1970s and '80s."