August 15 2013
Trevor Immelman's exemption for winning the 2008 Masters ends this season. (Fiume/Getty Images)
By Sean Martin, PGATOUR.COM
GREENSBORO, N.C. – Stuart Appleby already has booked his accommodations for next week’s The Barclays, the first event of the FedExCup Playoffs. His spot in the field isn’t guaranteed, but he wants to believe that he'll secure it with good play at this week's Wyndham Championship.
Appleby arrived at the Wyndham ranked 123rd in FedExCup points; the top 125 at week’s end qualify for the FedExCup Playoffs. His Playoffs push got off to a good start in Thursday's first round. He shot a 4-under 66 at Sedgefield Country Club that left him just two shots off the lead and poised to make a big move up the standings.
Appleby isn’t just playing for a Playoffs berth, though. The nine-time TOUR winner is trying to keep his TOUR card. Appleby, who has just one top-10 in 22 starts this year, must finish in the top 125 to retain full playing privileges for the 2013-14 season.
“I want to get my way to next week,” Appleby said. “We all put ourselves in this situation. We’ve had a lot of weeks to get it right, and it comes down to the final putt of the year.”
He’s not the only successful TOUR player who got off to a good start Thursday as he seeks to keep his card. Trevor Immelman’s five-year exemption for winning the 2008 Masters expires this season. He started the week at No. 148 in the FedExCup standings, but shot 65 Thursday. Immelman also has just one top-10 season.
“I have nothing to lose, to be honest,” Immelman said. “At the end of the day, even if things don’t work out, I’m not going to quit, I’m going to keep going and keep fighting and keep working hard. (I’m) still only 33.”
ON THE BUBBLE: The projected FedExCup standings after the Wyndham Championship's first round.
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NOTES: Ross Fisher, a member of Europe’s victorious 2010 Ryder Cup team, shot 64 to tie Chris Stroud for the lead; Fisher is projected to move from 162nd to 56th in the FedExCup. … Andrew Svoboda, No. 209 in the FedExCup, shot 5-under 65 and is one shot off the lead; he likely needs to finish solo second to have a chance to qualify for the Playoffs and keep his card. … Scott Langley, No. 121 in the FedExCup, shot 3-under 67. … Bud Cauley, No. 130 in the FedExCup, shot 2-over 72 and is projected to finish 135th in the FedExCup. He is currently three shots outside the cut line.