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Brandel Chamblee posts one of the craziest scorecards of the year at PGA Tour Champions Q School

December 09, 2022
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Phil Inglis

In the decade since Brandel Chamblee turned 50 and became eligible for the PGA Tour Champions, the Golf Channel analyst has preferred talking on TV to playing on TV—competing in just six senior circuit events. But that doesn't mean the guy still can't play at a really high level.

Chamblee is giving PGA Tour Champions Q School a go this week and on Thursday he produced one of the craziest scorecards of 2022. The 60-year-old shot a third-round 67 to move up the leaderboard at Final Stage—but how he did it is what caught our attention.

The former All-American at Texas and PGA Tour winner birdied five of his first six holes at TPC Scottsdale. Talk about cooking. Then after a bogey and three consecutive pars around the turn, Chamblee shot even par over his final eight holes—despite not making a single par. Have a look at his roller coaster card:

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Four-time PGA Tour winner Bob Estes took notice—and Chamblee responded with this after his round.

Fran Quinn leads Wes Short Jr., Jesus Rivas, Simon Griffiths, and Richard Green by one heading into Friday's final round. Unfortunately for Chamblee, who began the four-round event with 75-72, he'll need a lot more of those circles if he's going to earn his PGA Tour Champions card for 2023.

Chamblee is currently T-51 with the top five earning full status and finishers 6-30 being able to apply for PGA Tour Champions Associate Membership. Then again, that might be all Brandel is shooting for. He's got a pretty darn good day job already.