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Every fall, professional golfers find themselves on the verge of achieving the ultimate goal of becoming a PGA TOUR member and with little room for error. There are the Nationwide Tour members who have played well enough throughout the year to contend for “THE 25” leading money winners finalized at the Nationwide Tour Championship, who earn their PGA TOUR playing privileges for the following year. There are the PGA TOUR members who battle throughout the Fall Series to secure their spot among the top 125 on the money list to secure their full exemption for one more year. And there are those who survive the initial stages of PGA TOUR qualifying with a chance to earn one of 25 exemptions handed out following the grueling six-round Q-School final.

Ticket to the Tour is a 90-minute NBC Sports special airing Saturday, Jan. 15 at 4:30 p.m. ET that follows the drama of players trying to retain or earn their PGA TOUR membership through these three avenues. Produced by PGA TOUR Entertainment in high definition, Ticket to the Tour profiles various players including Q-School participants:

Joseph Bramlett, a Stanford graduate of African American heritage who is following in the footsteps of another Stanford Cardinal, Tiger Woods; he survived Q-School to earn his PGA TOUR card. Brett Waldman, caddie for PGA TOUR member Camilo Villegas, who is pursuing his own dream to qualify for the TOUR; he earned Nationwide Tour membership. Ty Tryon, a golf prodigy who qualified for the PGA TOUR at age 17 but nine years later was trying to make it back; he ultimately earned conditional Nationwide Tour status. Billy Hurley III, a graduate of The Naval Academy, whose dream of playing on the PGA TOUR was delayed as he served his country in the Navy; he, too earned conditional Nationwide Tour status.

Ticket to the Tour also follows former Clemson University teammates Kyle Stanley and Ben Martin, who both successfully earned PGA TOUR membership, and Jhonattan Vegas, who finished seventh on the Nationwide Tour money list to become the first Venezuelan to become a PGA TOUR member. These and other stories offer a glimpse at the lives of golfers chasing their dream of joining the PGA TOUR.