MANATEE -- Consistency with his game, additional strength from training and a quick fix from a longtime swing instructor has Vince India primed for the final stage of Web.com Tour Qualifying School.
The grueling, six-round tournament begins Thursday at PGA National in Palm Beach Gardens.
India, who resides in Lakewood Ranch and was a Web.com Tour rookie in 2014, starts his quest for a return to the circuit just below the PGA Tour at 8:33 a.m. on the Fazio course. The Champions course also is being used for the 150-player field.
India recorded a tie for fourth place in the second qualifying stage at Brooksville's Southern Hills Plantation Club to advance to this week's tournament. The former University of Iowa star shook off an opening 73 to post a 10-under-par tally for four rounds.
"I'm not necessarily going extremely low and shooting these awesome scores," In
dia said. "It's just ... around the greens and the inefficiency with my golf swing have gotten a lot better, so I'm more easily able to turn a 73 into a 70 or a 71."
Part of that change came at the end of India's Web.com Tour season in September. India, who is from the Chicago area, went home to work with Jeff Mory, who has taught India for the last five to six years.
India said whenever he goes back to work with Mory, they always seem to put things back into place.
"We've been working a little bit more on kind of the speed he transitions his hips in, and I think in the past from the top of his swing, he's been a little jerkier," Mory said. "Kind of out of his transition. Often times, he'll kind of get the club stuck behind him and that's when he'll get into hooks and pulls and blocks. He's been working really hard on kind of transitioning a little smoother with the way his hips transition forward. And I think he's swinging the club great right now."
Sharpening his swing wasn't the only thing that has aided India's run toward the final stage. He also worked with trainer Cory Puryear to build strength and stamina for the six-day grind.
But despite the pressure-filled environment in which he'll fight for a 2015 Web.com Tour card, India said he's treating the event like any other.
"You can't make too big a deal of it," he said.
India is at the final stage, because he landed outside the Web.com Tour Finals qualifying parameters of a top 75 finish on the money list. He was No. 123 with more than $30,000 in earnings.
"I didn't think I putted it all that great this year, especially toward the end of the year," India said. "The ball striking and putting never matched up. And when they did, it was top 15 or a top 20."
Now India faces the daunting task of getting past Q-School for a second straight year. He tied for 42nd in 2013 to claim one of the final cards at PGA West in California. This week's tournament are on Florida's east coast, but India said he's played the pair before. The Fazio course is set up to make tons of birdies, he said, while the Champions course is a difficult track.
"It demands everything from you," India said about the Champions course. "You've got to drive it in the fairways because it's long, and you've got to be a good iron player because there's a lot of water. ... It's a real good golf course."
The tournament concludes Dec. 16, and the top 45 players and ties earn exempt status on the 2015 Web.com Tour.