DURHAM, N.C. -- Former Duke standout Brinson Paolini fired a 11-under 417 to finish tied for 15th in Q School and earn his PGA European Tour Card for the 2014 season. Paolini, a two-time All-America and All-ACC selection, posted rounds of 70-71-68-64-72-72 to gain full status on the tour.
"It was a very long week and an extremely nerve racking day today," said Paolini. "But this is what I've prepared for, to have a chance to play on one of the biggest stages in the world. You dream about it as a little kid, and I was just trying to relish it and fortunately I was able to hit some key shots down the stretch."
The Virginia Beach, Va., native played on the European Challenge Tour last season finishing 29th overall in the Challenge Tour Rankings. Paolini finished in the money in 10 of his 12 events earning roughly $94,395 on the Challenge Tour a year ago.
Paolini finished tied for second with a 16-under 268 at the Swiss Challenge in his professional debut before posting a 19-under 269 to win the Le Vaudreuil Golf Challenge in his third tournament. He also finished in the top 20 at the Open Blue Green Cotes d'Armor Bretagne and Dubai Festival Challenge Tour Grand Final before tackling Q School.
Paolini joins Jason Widener (1996) as the only former Blue Devils to hold full status on the European Tour.