This week: Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals Classic, Thursday through Sunday, Disney’s Magnolia and Palm Golf Clubs in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.
Fourth-round score: 5-under-par 67.
Position: Gonzales (10-under 278) tied for 16th, seven strokes behind winner Luke Donald (271).
Recap: What a great way for the Capital High graduate to finish off his rookie season, even if he will embark on another trip to PGA Tour Qualifying School to regain full-time status in 2012 – or beyond. For starters, he recorded a bogey-free round with five birdies (at the third, sixth, eighth, 10th and 16th holes) – his first clean round since the second round of the Viking Classic in July. The 67 was his lowest final-round score of the season. And he earned $72,850 for the week, easily his best paycheck of 2011. Gonzales finished the season with $186,847, good for 192nd on the money list, and his best tour statistic was putts made between 15 and 20 feet (25.3 percent, 10th on tour). He said he will take the next four or five days off before preparing for Q-school. When asked if the last two months was the best golf he had played all year, Gonzales said, “I don’t think my game was that different, as opposed the the rest of the year. It was slowly I was not making as many mistakes, and started hitting a lot of good shots. It’s one of those things, being the first year on tour, I had a really fun year, and I learned a lot.”
Next: Second stage of PGA Tour Qualifying School starting Nov. 15 at TPC Craig Ranch in McKinney, Texas.