5 Things: Chappell in good position to retain card
Photos: Children's Miracle Network Classic (Rd. 3)
View images from the third round of the Children's Miracle Network Hospitals Classic, played Nov. 10 at Disney's Magnolia and Palm courses in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – One round remains in the PGA Tour season. Here are 5 Things you need to know on the eve of the season’s final round, as some players seek victory and others try to hold onto their playing privileges:
1. CARD TRICK: Kevin Chappell has allowed himself to look at the money list once per day. He’s in good position to finish in the top 125 on the money list for a second consecutive season, but you never know. Things always get a little crazy on Sunday at Walt Disney World, though. A few hot final rounds by those well down the money list can change things quickly. Those trying to keep their cards are helped by the fact that Nos. 124-127 on the money list all missed the cut this week, though.
“I’ll sleep fine,” said Chappell, who’s No. 124 on the projected money list. “All I can do is go finish 18 holes the best I can, sign my scorecard and see what happens.”
Here’s how the projected money list looks with one day remaining. Each player’s position through 54 holes is in parentheses, followed by projected earnings:
123. James Driscoll (MC), $687,338
124. Kevin Chappell (T-16), $683,230
125. Vaughn Taylor (T-5), $664,595
126. D.J. Trahan (T-26), $622,523
127. Gary Christian (MC), $620,893
128. Billy Mayfair (MC), $619,961
129. Trevor Immelman (MC), $617,296
130. Gary Christian (MC), $616,457
131. Alexandre Rocha (T-77), $613,812
132. Camilo Villegas (T-5), $609,195
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2. BELJAN’S BEST: Charlie Beljan maintained his lead at the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals Classic, one day after being taken from the course in an ambulance. Beljan shot 1-under 71 Saturday and will take a two-shot lead over three players into the final round.
Beljan bogeyed two of his first three holes Saturday, but made the turn in even-par 36 and birdied Nos. 10 and 11. He bogeyed the 12th before parring the final six holes.
"I was feeling better," Beljan said. "Today I showed up and I didn't know if I was going to play one hole or any holes. I just hung tough. I knew what the rewards were at the end of the week if I could finish, and that kept me going."
Beljan said he got less than three hours of sleep overnight as he underwent numerous tests at a nearby hospital. He was released this morning. Beljan said the incident might have been a panic attack "that kind of spun out of control." He was awake until 4:30 a.m., wearing his golf shoes the entire time. He felt "99.9 percent" certain that he wouldn't play the third round.
"I was scared, I was nervous and I was kind of embarrassed about the whole show that went on yesterday," Beljan said.
After signing his scorecard after the second round, Beljan was taken out of the scoring area on a stretcher before being loaded into an ambulance. He experienced elevated an heart rate and shortness of breath throughout the second round, and was trailed by medical professionals during the final nine holes of his 64 at Walt Disney World Resort's Palm Course.
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3. HOMETOWN HERO: Brian Gay isn’t trying to keep his card. He’s just trying to make the most of a PGA Tour event near his hometown. Gay, who started the week at 117th on the money list, is T-2 through three rounds. He shot 67 Saturday and is at 11-under 205, two shots off the lead. He reached 13 under with birdies on Nos. 10-14, but bogeyed 16 and 17.
Gay, a three-time PGA Tour winner, has made swing changes this year to try to alleviate pain in his neck and lower back. His short game has been as dependable as usual, though. He ranks sixth in strokes gained-putting.
“(It) has been a tough year trying to learn some new stuff and still try to play,” Gay said.
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4. FIRST TIME FOR EVERYTHING: Gay is one of three players tied for second. However, he’s the only one of the trio who has won on the PGA Tour. Josh Teater and Charlie Wi are seeking their first victories.
And they can do so with the comfort of knowing their playing privileges for next season are secure. Teater is No. 104 on the money list; Wi is 45th. A victory could move Wi inside the top 30 on the money list, which would earn him his first Masters invitation.
Wi was at 13 under par until bogeying his final two holes. He missed a 6-foot par putt on No. 17 and a 5-footer for par on the final hole. He has finished second five times in his PGA Tour career.
"I feel like it would've bothered me a lot more than it is now," Wi said of his lack of a PGA Tour victory. "I know that my game is good enough."
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5. IN A WEB: Camilo Villegas is signed up for Q-School’s second stage. It seems he has played well enough to avoid that tournament but still might have to attend Q-School’s final stage. Villegas shot 70 Saturday, including a bogey on his final hole, to fall into a tie for fifth and 132nd on the projected money list. He started the week at No. 150 on the money list. He is exempt to Q-School’s final stage as long as he remains in the money list’s top 150. He had kept his PGA Tour card every year since his rookie season of 2006.
“I didn’t hit it as good today,” Villegas said. “It kind of got away. I had a lot of long putts, ... just two-putt, two-putt, two-putt.”