WITH THE DRAMA of the 2012 Ryder Cup over, the US PGA Tour moves on to its Fall series this week with the first of four events where major interest lies in who will secure a berth on the lucrative tour next year.
Basically, the top 125 in the tour money list have a full time job next year while the next 25 have to fight for the scraps.
The 2012 Justine Timberlake Shriners Hospitals For Children Open at the TPC Summerlin in Las Vegas is the first event.
A number of Aussies are battling to reclaim tour cards including Rod Pampling right on the bubble at 126th, Nick O’Hern (140th), Stuart Appleby (161st), Nathan Green (164th), Gavin Coles (175th) and Mathew Goggin (201st).
Pampling is obviously in the best position, just US$1078 out of 125th position.
“When you look at the money list I am very close to the 125 guy and there is a bit of a gap just a few spots away so we have some wiggle room,” Pampling said on the eve of the event. “I just have to play decent good golf and I will be fine.”
Nine time PGA Tour winner Appleby has had a very poor year by his standards but does have the luxury of being able to use a one-time only exemption for being inside the top 50 in career money earners on tour – he is currently 19th. The Victorian would no doubt love not to have to cash in that exemption this year and get back inside the top 125 on his considerable talent alone.
Jason Day and Robert Allenby will also teeing it up in Las Vegas despite already securing their 2012 cards. Neither has had what you would call a stellar year and a win would be a huge boost.
The event is being telecast in Australia on Fox Sports beginning Friday 6am – 9am.
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