Final Stage first round play starts today at PGA West.

Examining the field, it almost looks like a second-tier Tour event. There are literally dozens of former Tour players at the final stage. But that should be expected. These are the guys who didn’t finish in the top 125, plus those who earned their way through first and/or second stage.

The first round is almost complete. And let’s just say the gauntlet has been dropped–these guys aren’t playing around. Major Manning, Craig Kanada, and Joey Lamielle lead the way with a 65 in the opening round.

If you’re not familiar with Q-School–and if you’re reading this blog you probably are–it’s basically the equivalent of PGA Tour boot camp. Six extremely intense days of golf–guys literally playing for their livelihood.

Bookmark Game Under Repair and keep coming back for updates on the action at PGA West. I covered first stage and second stage, including an interview with one of the participants, so I’ll be doing the same for this final portion of the grueling event.

For a great read about the triumphs and travesties of Q-School, check out John Feinstein’s book, Tales From Q School.

To check out final stage scores, click here.