Tour Tracker: Who's in, who's out on Tour money list
Sunday, November 11, 2012
Photos: Children's Miracle Network Classic (Final)
View images from the final round of the Children's Miracle Network Hospitals Classic, played Nov. 11 at Disney's Magnolia Course in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- It ends today. This is the final round of the PGA Tour season, which means players are vying for position on the money list. The top 125 are fully exempt for next season, while Nos. 126-150 are conditionally exempt and earn exemptions to Q-School’s final stage. Here's how it all went down on Sunday.
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Update #13: 4:11 p.m. EDT
The top 125 is set. Josh Teater made a 3-footer to par the 18th hole, ensuring Kevin Chappell that he would finish 125th on the money list. Jerry Kelly finishes in the 126th position.
Meanwhile, Charlie Beljan bogeys the final hole, but still takes home his first career PGA Tour title.
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Update #12: 3:47 p.m. EDT
Charlie Wi two-putted 18 for par, so now it comes down to Brian Gay or Josh Teater. Gay is 13 under and Teater is 12 under as they approach the 18th tee. If either player falls to 11 under, Jerry Kelly will pass Kevin Chappell for the 125th position on the money list.
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Update #11: 3:35 p.m. EDT
The race for the top 125 is getting tight, even though Kevin Chappell, who's projected 125th on the money list, and Jerry Kelly, who's projected at No. 126, are both in the clubhouse. Chappell is less than $2,000 ahead of Kelly, who finished 11 under and is currently T-9. If another player on the course drops to 11 under, Kelly would likely pass Chappell on the money list. Charlie Wi is in the 18th fairway at 12 under par...
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Update #10: 3:25 p.m. EDT
Kevin Chappell knew it was going to be close when Golf Channel announcers started following him on the 16th hole. And it was, indeed. Chappell had to make a 3 1/2-foot par putt to hold the 125th position on the projected money list. He’s less than $2,000 ahead of No. 126 Jerry Kelly on the projected money list. Kelly could pass Chappell if the final groups struggle on the closing holes and allow Kelly, who’s T-9 in the tournament, to earn more money. Kelly made a 4-foot birdie putt on his final hole.
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Update #9: 2:40 p.m. EDT
Russell Knox wasn't too upset in spite of bogeys on his final two holes that cost him a possible spot in the top 125 of the money list. Why's that? He was just concerned with making the top 150, which earns an exemption into Q-School finals. He accomplished that. "I gave it everything I had," Knox said.
He's never been to Q-School finals. He missed at second stage three consecutive times from 2008-2011. He Monday qualified his way onto the Web.com Tour last year, then finished in the top 25 on the money list to earn his Tour card. He has momentum heading into Q-School, making his last eight cuts of the year.
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Update #8: 2:35 p.m. EDT
After an up and down bogey at the 17th, Chappell stays right where he wants to be at No. 125. No movement was a shocking. Jason Kokrak has one to play and sits at No. 120.
Alexandre Rocha is 2-over thru 13 holes, and sits outside the top-125 at No. 131. And it looks like D.J. Trahan will have to go back to Q-School. He's No. 132 on the money list.
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Update #7: 2 p.m. EDT
Jerry Kelly birdies the par-4 18th hole to get to No. 126 on the money list and will need some help to get inside the magical top 125. Kelly finished birdie-birdie-bogey-birdie to get to 11 under and currently T-10.
Meanwhile, Jeff Maggert tapped in for par at the 18th. He sits at No. 124. Kevin Chappell is playing even-par golf to hold on to that last spot at No. 125. Tim Herron made a 25-footer for birdie at the 14th, to jump to No. 105.
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Update #6: 1:35 p.m. EDT
There is one problem with looking too closely at the projected money lists. Birdies abound at Walt Disney World, and players will move down the leaderboard (and money list) as they sit in the clubhouse. This means players like Russell Knox, who are relying on a high finish to keep their card, need to build a cushion before they get in the clubhouse.
Knox’s bogey at the 17th could prove costly. His bogey from a greenside bunker moved him into a tie for third and into 137th on the projected money list.
With Knox moving outside the top 125, Kevin Chappell has returned to 125th on the projected money list. He is T-31 with five holes remaining in his round. Jeff Maggert, who’s playing with Knox, is 124th on projected money list.
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Update #5: 1:12 p.m. EDT
Camilo Villegas started today with a good chance to keep his card. He was in fifth place and No. 132 on the projected money list. Villegas made the turn in 2-over 38, though, and has fallen out of contention. He’s now in 29th place, six shots behind leader Charlie Beljan.
Villegas made bogeys on Nos. 2, 3 and 5 and a birdie on No. 4. The popular Colombian, a three-time winner on the PGA Tour winner, looks headed for Q-School.
Jerry Kelly has moved to No. 127 on the money list after starting the week at No. 137. He’s 6-under thru 16 holes. Chappell is back to No. 126 on the money list. Tim Herron continues his run to stay inside the top-125 with four birdies thru 11 holes.
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Update #4: 12:53 p.m. EDT
Russell Knox continues to make his run. He just made a 5-foot birdie putt at the par-5 14th to go 7 under for the day and tie Charlie Wi, Vaughn Taylor for second place, one behind Charlie Beljan. Knox started the day in 32nd place and started the week at No. 156 on the money list. He’s 121st on the projected money list now.
A little background on Knox. He was born in Scotland and went to Jacksonville University. After a few successful years on the mini-tours, he decided to risk it all and try to Monday qualify for events on last year’s Web.com Tour. He finished runner-up in his first event, the Fresh Express Classic, to earn status, then finished 12th on the money list to earn his first PGA Tour card.
With Knox's birdie, that bumps James Driscoll, who missed the cut this week, into the No. 125 spot. Jeff Maggert now sits in the improbable possible of No. 126. He's 1-over thru 14 holes. Chappell is No. 127.
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Update #3: 12:34 p.m. EDT
Some players are coming up clutch early today, trying to make big moves today to crack the top 125. Russell Knox is 6 under through 12 holes today and has jumped from 32nd place to T-4. The rookie is currently 135th on the projected money list, needing to make a few more birdies to keep his card. Knox has come on strong. This is his eight consecutive made cut. He earned just $95,165 in his first 15 starts this year. Knox started the week at 156th on the money list.
Vaughn Taylor is 3 under through six holes and tied for the lead with Charlie Beljan and Charlie Wi. He started the week at No. 142 on the money list, but would obviously keep his card with a victory.
Kevin Chappell makes the turn at No. 126 on the projected money list. He made the turn in 1-under 35.
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Update #2: 12:20 p.m. EDT
Here are some bigger names that don't need to worry about securing their cards for 2013, as they have already done so.
• Trevor Immelman
• Gary Woodland
• Stewart Cink
• YE Yang
• Retief Goosen (pursuing a medical extension for next year)
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Update #1: 12:15 p.m. EDT
Tim Herron is 3 under thru eight holes to not only get within three shots of the lead, but also move into the coveted No. 125 spot in the projected money list, which would secure his 2013 Tour card.
Kevin Chappell is currently holding the least-coveted spot of No. 126, falling three spots after going 1 under thru eight holes and is at 9 under overall.