Players trying to vault up money list in Vegas
LAS VEGAS – In a city where people arrive every day to roll the dice and take their chances, a healthy list of PGA Tour members are doing likewise at TPC Summerlin.
So far, so good for many of them, because if the first round of the Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospitals for Children Open is any indication, some players have designs on making dramatic leaps on the money list.
One week after Rocco Mediate, ranked 182nd on the money list, won the Frys.com Open, the top of the leaderboard here is littered with guys who presently rank well outside the top 125.
Among the five who fired 7-under 64 on a day when the field average was a stunning 69.106 were Will MacKenzie, ranked 146th; Michael Letzig, 148th; and Cameron Tringale, 186th. Another of those at 64, Robert Garrigus, is barely inside the top 125, at 122nd.
There’s then a trio of guys at 65 – George McNeill, No. 141; Nicholas Thompson, 151; Martin Flores, 182 – surely in need of a huge push.
If you drop down to the 15 who shot 66, you’ll discover a guy who is 193rd on the money list – John Daly. Now Big John and Vegas would seem to be a bad match (in 10 previous trips here he’s missed four cuts and finished top 10 just once), but he did turn in his second bogey-free round of the year.
But before Daly fans get too excited, consider that it’s the third time this year he’s opened with a 66. The previous times didn’t end very well, with Daly finishing T-48 at the British Open and 66th at Colonial after those opening 66s.
Still, Daly is among those well down the money list who have given their chances for top 125 status a very positive boost.