August 18 2013
By Sean Martin, PGATOUR.COM
GREENSBORO, N.C. – David Toms knew he had to make a move in the season’s final round if he wanted to crack the top 125 on the money list. A 62 on Sunday at Sedgefield Country Club, including two eagles, helped him do just that.
Toms, who started the day at 1-over 211, moved up 44 spots on the leaderboard to T-16 after matching the day's low round. It was enough to ensure he’d finish in the top 125 on the money list and retain his full playing privileges for next season. He started the week at No. 129.
“That’s the only thing I had to shoot for today,” said Toms, who finished seventh at last week’s PGA Championship. “I was definitely more aggressive. We had a good day for scoring today. I just went out there and tried to have fun in my last round of the (season).”
It was not enough to earn a spot in the FedExCup Playoffs, though. He was projected to finish 138th in the FedExCup; the top 125 at week's end earned their way to The Barclays. The top 125 on either the money list or FedExCup standings retain full playing privileges for the following season
Toms, a 13-time PGA TOUR winner, is No. 7 on the TOUR’s career money list, so he could have relied on one of two career money list exemptions next season if he didn't finish in the top 125. Sunday's strong finish allowed the 46-year-old Toms to save those exemptions for later, though. Players in the top 50 on the TOUR’s career money list earn a one-time exemption to play a season with full status; players earn another such exemption for being in the top 25 of the career money list
Toms, who started on Sedgefield’s 10th hole Sunday, made the turn in 2-under 33, including an eagle on the par-5 15th after he hit a 3-hybrid to 10 feet. His bogey-free 29 on his second nine included an eagle at the par-4 sixth hole, where he holed a 71-yard shot with a wedge shot. He also birdied his final two holes.
“It feels good to play well when I needed to,” Toms said.