July 23 2013
Jeff Overton is on the bubble for a PGA Championship berth. He can grab one of the final spots with a
good week at the RBC Canadian Open. (Fiume/Getty Images)
By PGATOUR.COM wire services
While there is only one month left to qualify for the FedExCup Playoffs, another points race takes place this week in Canada.
This is the final week to qualify for the PGA Championship, and while it has more PGA TOUR players than any other major championship, not everyone is in. The PGA of America has built a reputation of having the strongest field of the majors with most of the top 100 from the world ranking.
There also is "PGA Points" -- the top 70 get in -- which is all money earned in PGA TOUR events from the World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational a year ago through the RBC Canadian Open. Among those on the bubble are Roberto Castro (No. 69), Matt Jones (No. 70), David Hearn (73), Matt Every (75) and Jeff Overton (79), who only three years ago was screaming, "Boom, Baby!" after holing a fairway shot in the Ryder Cup.
The PGA of America uses this list to fill its 156-man field, which can add a number of spots.
Meanwhile, the head of the PGA's championships says he is taking a close look at Peter Uihlein and Brooks Koepka, two Americans playing in Europe. Neither had status to start the year and both now have a European Tour cards -- Uihlein from a European Tour in Portugal, Koepka by winning three times on the Challenge Tour for an instant promotion.
Uihlein is No. 108 in the world, while Koepka is No. 114.
"We're watching both of them very closely," said Kerry Haigh, the PGA of America's chief championships director. "At this point, they have not been invited."
Haigh said he would consider the high ranking based on the limited tournaments they have played this year. He also would take into consideration their standing on money lists outside of the PGA.
"For people like that who are new players, they can't play enough events to compete fairly over the two-year ranking period," he said.
When they're not traveling the world, Uihlein and Koepka are roommates in South Florida.