By Brian Wacker, PGATOUR.COM
Projected Money List
Chez Reavie moved up to 125th in
the latest money list projections following a 68
VISTA, Fla. -- One round down, three to go -- at least for those
looking to land a spot in the all-important top 125 on the money
list. As Jonas Blixt, who is already well inside that number, put
it earlier this week, guys playing for a card is where all the
stress lies because they’re playing for their jobs. Others,
meanwhile, are eyeing the top 30 or top 70, which gets players into
the Masters or invitational events. With that in mind, here’s
a look at who moved up, and who fell down, in the opening round of
the season-ending Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals
He made the biggest jump of
anyone on Thursday. Entering the week, Villegas was 150th on the
money list and faced with the possibility of having to go to the
stage of q-school if he fell any further. He
responded with a 7-under 65 to sit just one shot off the lead. As
such, he’s now projected to climb more than 50 spots should
he hold that position. Villegas has struggled since winning two
years ago at The Honda Classic, falling outside the top 200 in the
world. But he’s played much better of late with three
straight finishes in the top 30. Villegas attributes the
turnaround, in part, to a more positive outlook. “The biggest
change is definitely mental and attitude,” Villegas said.
Case in point: He three-putted his opening hole, No. 10 on the Palm
Course, only to have nine one-putts the rest of the round.
The Californian began the week
inside the bubble, but just barely. A 67 gave him a little more
cushion. It was also a good sign given his recent play. Chappell
came here having missed three of his last four cuts. He also
hadn’t broken 70 in any of his opening rounds during that
stretch. Another good omen for Chappell: He tied for third here a
year ago. If he does that again, his future status will be more thn
secure. As for his round, he tallied a half-dozen birdies and
just one bogey. He also took just 24 putts, which included 10
one-putts (though that number is a bit skewed since he hit just 10
greens in regulation).
If not for a playoff loss in Boston
last year, Reavie wouldn’t even have to worry about his
status for next year. As it is, he came to Disney on the outside
looking in. A 68, however, puts him right on the bubble (replacing
previous bubble boy Billy Mayfair). One big upside for Reavie: His
68 Thursday matched the low score on the much more difficult
Magnolia Course here. That will put him in very good position going
into the second round.
He’s never won in 183 starts on
TOUR. A victory this week, though, would have double meaning since
it would move him inside the top 30 on the money list and get him
into the Masters. This is the eighth first-round lead of Wi’s
career and third this year -- he opened with a 61 at Pebble
Beach’s Monterey Peninsula CC and a 66 at Bay Hill.
Charles Howell III:
He began the week 73rd on the
money list. He’s now projected to move up to 69th after one
of just five 68s on the Magnolia Course. Howell had a pair of
eagles in his round, on the par-5 fourth and par-5 10th. He also
missed just three greens in regulation.
The Aussie came into this week
precariously perched just two spots inside the number. After a
disappointing 70 on the Palm Course, which played nearly two
strokes under par and two strokes easier than the Magnolia Course,
Pampling is now projected to finish 126th. Pampling’s 31
putts certainly didn’t help. Neither did a bogey on his final
hole of the day, the par-4 ninth. A year ago, Pampling shot 76-69
to miss the cut here.
The two-time TOUR winner came into
the week flirting with the magic number. A 2-under 70 on the
Magnolia dropped him one spot in the projections. He’s still
safe for now, and he got the more difficult course out of the way
on a breezy afternoon, but he’ll need to be careful. Weekley
missed four of his last five cuts coming into this week.
The veteran crept closer to the
bubble, dropping two places in the projected money following a 72
on the Palm Course. He still has another season before he’s
eligible for the Champions Tour, so being fully exempt is important
A year ago, Mayfair entered this
week on the wrong side of the number before tying for sixth to
finish inside the top 125. Thursday, he shot a 72 on the Palm
Course to fall off the bubble. Things started off well enough for
Mayfair with three birdies through his first seven holes on the
back nine. Then he double bogeyed the 18th and added three more
bogeys on the front nine to close in 1 over.
The 41-year-old rookie said this
week he’s just enjoying the ride. It could be a short
one if he doesn’t move inside the top 125. He came to Disney
two spots outside the number and fell one more after opening with a
71 on the Palm Course. Part of the problem: He had just three
birdies on a course that played a couple of strokes under par. He
didn’t give himself many opportunities, though, hitting just
nine greens and still taking 28 putts.
He came into the week 161st on
the money list and is projected to drop a spot after opening with a
1-under 71 on the Magnolia Course, which has him in a tie for 48th.
The 12-time winner entered 138th
and fell a half-dozen spots following a 73 on the Magnolia Course.
He does have a career money exemption for next season if needed,
A 74 on the Magnolia Couse has the
Aussie projected to tumble four more spots to 166th. In three of
his last four starts, Appleby has finished over par.