2001: Campbell earns Tour ‘promotion’
Chad Campbell became the second player in two months to earn an automatic promotion to the PGA Tour with three victories in the season.
Heath Slocum joined the PGA Tour in August after his third victory of 2001.
Campbell made a 3-foot birdie on the 72nd hole to edge Deane Pappas for the Buy.com Monterey Peninsula Classic title Oct. 7. Campbell finished at 8-under 280 after a final-round 69.
“That was what I was shooting for,” said the 27-year-old Campbell. “It’s my fifth year, and it’s nice to make it. After my second win, the goal became to finish first on the money list or win again.”
However, Campbell may have to wait until next year to play the PGA Tour. In the exempt categories, he falls behind the Q-School grads and the Invensys Classic, National Car Rental Classic, Buick Challenge and Southern Farm Bureau Classic have no room for him.
Campbell, who won eight times on the NGA/ Hooters Tour last year, earned $81,000 to move to No. 1 on the money list with $363,959. Slocum is No. 2 at $337,090. Pappas closed with 70 to win $48,600 and moved to No. 4 ($259,089) on the money list.
Campbell avoided slumps all season. In 21 starts, he has missed only two cuts and posted seven top-10 finishes. His prior victories came in the Buy.com Richmond Open (May 20) and the Buy.com Permian Basin Open (Aug. 19).
“I really wanted to be exempt on Tour next year,” said the University of Nevada-Las Vegas product. “Being able to pick your schedule will be nice.”
– From staff and wire reports