Ricky Barnes: From Open contender to Q-School?

Monday, January 31, 2011

It’s not often, if ever, that the U.S. Open runner-up also plays a Nationwide Tour event in the same season, but that’s what Ricky Barnes is doing at this week’s Albertsons Boise Open. He’s off to a good start, 6 under par after two rounds and in the top 20.

About 20 PGA Tour players are in Boise this week to try to stay fresh while they sit out the FedEx Cup playoffs. None has done anything this year like Barnes did at Bethpage, though.

In spite of his extraordinary run, where he set the Open’s 36-hole scoring record and almost joined a select list of players to claim the U.S. Amateur and U.S. Open, Barnes is at risk of losing his Tour card. He’s 114th on the money list, with $653,937. He earned $559,830 of that at Bethpage, which is his only top 25 of the season. He also finished 142nd on the FedEx Cup points list, failing to qualify for any of the playoff events.

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