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Winter Garden, FL – Former Virginia golfer James Driscoll tied for 16th during the final stage of the PGA Tour Qualifying Tournament today to gain fully exempt status for the 2011 PGA Tour. Driscoll shot 11-under 418 during this year’s Q-School at the Orange County National Golf Center. He had rounds of 68, 68, 69, 66, 75 and 72.

Driscoll was one of 29 players to earn their tour card at this year’s event. That number includes 17 rookies. With 139 PGA Tour starts over the past five years, he was the sixth-most experienced player to qualify from the field. Long-time PGA Tour player Billy Mayfair took medalist honors at 18-under 411.

Driscoll has been a member of the PGA Tour for four of the past five seasons. He has pocketed $3.1 million in career earnings, including $500,000 last season. His best finish in 2010 was ninth place at the Texas Open.

Driscoll, a 33-year-old native of Boston, Mass., graduated from Virginia in 2000. He was a three-time All-American at UVa and finished ninth at the 2000 NCAA Championships. He was a member of the 2001 United States Walker Cup Team.

Driscoll will join former Cavalier Steve Marino on the 2011 PGA Tour. Marino has been a member of the PGA Tour since 2007, earning $6.9 million during his professional career.

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