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 in celebration.
Sort of how Tiger Woods does it.
The former Stanford standouts now have even more in common.
Bramlett, 22, earned a PGA Tour card, joining Woods as the only players on tour of black heritage.
Bramlett shot a 4-under 68 on the Crooked Cat Course at Orange County National in Winter Garden, Fla., rallying from 33d at the start of the day to make the cutoff for a tour card by 2 strokes.
The top 25 scores and ties earned PGA Tour cards for 2011.
Bramlett grew up outside San Jose, Calif., in a multiracial family. He plastered posters of Woods on his bedroom wall after the 1997 Masters, and he later competed in the Junior World Championship in San Diego with a team sponsored by the Tiger Woods Foundation.
He was all-America his freshman year at Stanford, when he helped lead the Cardinal to an NCAA title.
Bernhard Langer has been voted player of the year on the Champions Tour for winning five times, including back-to-back majors against the 50-and-older set.
Fred Couples was voted Champions Tour 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.
SOCCER: Barcelona players Andres Iniesta, Xavi Hernandez, and Lionel Messi are the three nominees for FIFA's "Ballon d'Or" award for the world player of the year. Midfielders Iniesta and Xavi helped Spain win its first World Cup, while Argentina forward Messi led Barcelona to another Spanish title. The winners will be announced on Jan. 10.
The 2010 World Cup in South Africa brought in far less money than anticipated. Tourism during the June-July tournament brought in $519.6 million, far less than the government had expected, Tourism Minister Marthinus van Schalkwyk said. The country spent about $5.8 billion on infrastructure.
COLLEGES: Kutztown University head football coach Raymond Monica was named the American Football Coaches' Association Division II Region 1 Coach of the Year. Monica guided the 10-2 Golden Bears to their best year in the 95-season history of the football program.
Temple senior forward Lavoy Allen has been named Atlantic 10 men's basketball co-player of the week. The Pennsbury High grad had two double-doubles last week.
La Salle freshman Tyreek Duren has been named the A-10 co-rookie of the week. The ex-Neumann-Goretti star averaged nine points and six assists for the Explorers in two games last week.
- Staff and wire reports