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One of the beautiful things about professional golf is meritocracy of it all. There are no teams that can sign or cut you; there are no guaranteed contracts. You’re paid according to how high up the leaderboard you finish, nothing more and nothing less.

That attitude extends into qualifying, too. Players on both the European and PGA Tours land their place among golf’s elite, they’re forced to earn their place through Qualifying School – or “Q School.” It’s a everything-on-the-line, high stakes, pressure-packed tournament.

Jigger Thomson was among the lucky few to make through this year’s contest, and his reaction afterward tells the whole story. The emotion when he sees his father awaiting him off the final green just pours through them both.

Better grab the tissues before wtching this one…

Presidents Cup – Final Round

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Presidents Cup - Final Round

Pro golf continues to produce its fair share of millionaires. A total of 146 players won at least $1 million in prize money during the 2016-17 season between the PGA Tour and European Tour.

The breakdown includes 102 players on the PGA Tour and 44 on the European Tour (based on the current exchange rate between the Euro and the dollar). The European Tour’s Race to Dubai ends this week. Only three players – Sergio Garcia, Tommy Fleetwood and Justin Rose – enter the DP World Tour Championship with a chance for the postseason title.

Player of the Year Justin Thomas topped the PGA Tour money list for 2016-17 with $9.9 million He won five titles in 25 events. Thomas was followed by Jordan Spieth, who earned $9.4 million this past season along with a Claret Jug at the Open Championship.

Meanwhile, 16 golfers on the LPGA have won more than $1 million this season The LPGA season finale, the CME Group Tour Championship, takes place this weekend in Naples, Fla.

South Korean golfer Sung Hyun Park, winner of the U.S. Women’s Open, leads the LPGA’s 2017 money list with $2.3 million in prize money. No golfer on the Ladies European Tour has topped $1 million in earnings this year.

The CME Race to the Globe season-champion pockets a $1 million bonus. Lexi Thompson, Shanshan Feng, So Yeon Ryu, Brooke Henderson and Park are guaranteed to take the bonus prize if they win at Tiburon Golf Club this weekend.

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