With Roland Thatcher holding a commanding five-shot lead late in the third round, there’s obviously a good chance he’ll go on to get his first career win and secure a PGA TOUR card for the next two seasons. What else will he get for winning? Here’s a look:
-- An invitation to the season-opening, limited field Hyundai Tournament of Champions (which is the start of the FedExCup points race).
-- Eligibility for the FedExCup events, including invitationals such as Bob Hope Chrysler Classic, Verizon Heritage, THE PLAYERS Championship and AT&T National.
-- Potential to finish in the top 30 on the money list, which would earn a spot in the following years Masters and U.S. Open (Note: The World Golf Championships-CA Championship and British Open now invite the field for THE TOUR Championship presented by Coca-Cola rather than the top 30 on the money list).
-- Opportunity to accrue valuable Official World Golf Ranking points that could help gain entry into the exclusive World Golf Championships events (The Accenture Match Play Championship invites the top 64 available players in the Official World Golf Ranking two weeks prior; the CA Championship invites the top 50 and the Bridgestone Invitational invites winners of tournaments with an Official World Golf Ranking strength of field rating of 115 points or higher).
-- Coveted spots in the TOURs invitational events like Arnold Palmer Invitational presented by MasterCard (top 70 on the money list), The Memorial Tournament (top 75) and The Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial (top 80). (Bay Hill, Heritage, Colonial, PLAYERS, Memorial also invite the top 50 in the Official World Golf Ranking.)
-- Head start on qualifying for the PGA Championship (money list from PGA to PGA) and 2011 Presidents Cup.