Bramlett earns PGA Tour card

WINTER GARDEN, Fla. --- On the final hole of the final round of the final stage of the PGA Tour's qualifying school Monday, Joseph Bramlett delivered a putt that had him roaring, pumping his fist and high-fiving his caddie.


Sort of how Tiger Woods does it. The former Stanford standouts now have even more in common.

Bramlett earned a PGA Tour card, joining Woods as the only players on tour of black descent.

"It's an honor. It truly is an honor," the 22-year-old said. "Like I've said before, it's been a long time. I'm just thrilled to see it start to change."

Bramlett shot 4-under-par 68 on the Crooked Cat Course at Orange County National, rallying from 33rd at the start of the day to make the cutoff for a tour card by two strokes. He finished 11-under at the grueling, six-round final stage of qualifying school to tie for 16th.

The top 25 scores and ties earned PGA Tour cards for 2011. The next 50 received cards on the Nationwide Tour.

Woods wrote on Twitter: "Congrats to Joe Bramlett for making it through Q School" and "Amazing feat considering he sat out a whole year with wrist injury. Can't wait to play with him next season."

Billy Mayfair shot 2-under 70 to win the final stage, one shot ahead of William McGirt (68). Mayfair finished 18-under for the tournament, earning $50,000 for first place. Those at 9-under or better received a PGA Tour card.

North Augusta's Scott Brown shot 71 and finished tied for 85th at 1-under.

Will Claxton of Swainsboro, Ga., had 77 and finished tied for 139th, while David Robinson , of Sandersville, Ga., had 78 and finished tied for 143rd.

TV Ratings: Woods' playoff loss at the Chevron World Challenge drew the tournament's highest preliminary rating for the final round in eight years, earning a 2.7 overnight rating, up 170 percent from last year.

CHAMPIONS AWARDS: Bernhard Langer was voted player of the year on the Champions Tour for winning five times, including back-to-back majors against the 50-and-older set.

Langer became the first tour member to win player of the year and lead the money list for three consecutive years. The two-time Masters champion from Germany had the most wins in a season since Craig Stadler won five times in 2004.

Fred Couples was voted the tour's rookie of the year, while Ken Green was comeback player of the year for returning to competition after losing his left leg in a crash that killed his girlfriend and brother.