But Merritt wasn’t the only player fighting for his card. Roland Thatcher might have “vomited” away the tournament (his words), but he did enough to make a huge jump from 179 to 122. It was close though. He had to make a 5 foot putt to secure his card after Spencer Levin 3-jacked it from 18 feet. However not only did Thatcher make the putt, he cashed a $500k check. So not a bad weekend for him either.
And of course Robert Garrigus’s win erased his demons from the loss to Lee Westwood earlier this year and moved him from 122 to 51 on the money list. 125 may be the magic number, but top 70 is important too because it opens up entry to several additional events.
What an ending! It seems like the Fall Series has had some of the most dramatic and entertaining finishes of the entire season. With an ace on the 204-yard 17th hole (the 4th hole of a 3-man playoff), Jonathan Byrd grabs his first win on tour and secures his tour card for the next 2 seasons. [click to continue…]
It’s also awesome to see David Duval playing solid golf. He’s sitting comfortably at 99th on the list, so he’ll definitely be out on Tour next year. Shooting 4 rounds under par isn’t something that he’s done since his T2 at Pebble Beach in Feburary. He’s shown flashes of brilliance over the past couple of years. Could we be close to seeing the former world #1 snag his first victory since the 2001 British Open?
Dean Wilson just shot a 64 to move into 2nd place at the Frys.com open behind Rocco Mediate. Wilson is currently sitting #122 on the money list. Assuming he doesn’t go 76-80 this weekend, his 64 today probably just locked up his spot on tour next year.
The PGA tour typically struggles in the fall. They’re competing against the NFL and MLB Playoffs. Viewership falls off significantly. For many of the biggest names in golf, the FedEx Cup now marks the end of the season.
But the “Fall Series” as the tour calls it, is actually one of the most interesting times of the year in golf. Why? Because this is when players get 5 weeks to establish themselves on tour, retain their tour card or go back to Q-School in December. Players that sneak inside the top-125, get to set their schedule for 2011 and can enter any full-field event they choose.