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October 13 2012

6:07 PM

Big weekend for bubble boys

By Bill Cooney, PGATOUR.COM A number of PGA TOUR players are pushing to get into the top 125 on the money list at this week's Frys.com Open in order to earn full status for the 2013 PGA TOUR season. Here is a look at a few of the golfers playing this weekend who are near the number. You can check out the projected money list here. JOHN MALLINGER: Not only is Mallinger in line to pick up his status for next season, he's right where he needs to be to earn his first PGA TOUR win and the two-year exemption that comes with it. Mallinger carded a course record-tying 9-under 62 in the second round to take a four-shot lead. Mallinger has a pair of top-fives this season, including a second-place tie at the Humana Challenge in partnership with the Clinton Foundation. FOLLOW HIM HERE. NICOLAS COLSAERTS: Colsaerts' story has been well-documented. He would currently rank 120th on the money list if he was a PGA TOUR member. He's attempting to solidify his position in order for him to be a member on both the European Tour and PGA TOUR next season. The rising star has a pair of top 10s in only eight events this season. And he's off to a solid start at the Frys.com Open, carding 65-68 to enter the third round T4. FOLLOW HIM HERE. TIM HERRON: Herron is coming off his best finish of the season with a T10 at last week's J.T. Shriners Hospitals for Children Open. He opened 63-68-68 before finishing with a 73. He's playing well again this week, opening 70-65 and was just starting his third round. Herron could also qualify for next season based on the career money list, but is currently not eligible. FOLLOW HIM HERE. JEFF MAGGERT: Maggert has carded only three rounds in the 60s during his past four tournaments. He's made 12 of 24 cuts this season, with his best finish being back in January at the Humana Challenge in partnership with the Clinton Foundation where he placed fifth. But Maggert did open with 67-71 at CordeValle and was 2 under through seven holes in his third round. Maggert could also qualify for next season based on the career money list, but is currently not eligible. FOLLOW HIM HERE. NICK O'HERN: O'Hern jumped in front after a first-round 62 that matched the course record at CordeValle. He followed that up with a 71 and was tied for fourth prior to teeing off. O'Hern entered this week at No. 144 on the money list, but was projected to move into the top 125 with a top-five finish. His lone top 10 this season was a T3 at the FedEx St. Jude Classic. FOLLOW HIM HERE. BILLY HORSCHEL: Horschel was in an interesting spot this week. Not only did he come in at No. 147 on the money list, Horschel -- who has conditional status this season -- is ranked No. 83 on the Web.com Tour money list. He would need to get into the top 60 on the Web.com to qualify for the season-ending Tour Championship, but has instead decided to take his shot on the PGA TOUR. So far, so good. Horschel opened with 67-65 and is currently T2 and projected to move up 45 spots to No. 102 on the money list. Of course, things can change in a hurry, which is why this week is so big for him. FOLLOW HIM HERE.
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