September 20, 2010
By John Dell, PGATOUR.COM Correspondent PGATOUR.COM
The mad scramble continues this week as the Nationwide Tour moves to Texas for the playing of the WNB Golf Classic.
The scramble to get inside the top 25 on the money list gets more heated each and every week as the tour's schedule winds down.
This week's tournament has a purse of $525,000. There are just five tournaments left before the year-ending Nationwide Tour Championship.
On Sunday, Hunter Haas put himself in great position to earn his PGA TOUR card for 2011 after he won his second tournament of the season. Haas shot a 64 on Sunday to beat Daniel Summerhays by one shot at the Albertsons Boise Open.
"I'm going to be confident for the rest of the year and hopefully I can take that into the next season," Haas said after moving up from 12th to fourth on the tour's money list.
Haas, 33, who also played on the PGA TOUR in 2001 and '05, is the fourth player this season to win twice on tour. The others are Chris Kirk, Tommy Gainey and Martin Piller.
Haas said that plenty of practice on the putting green has paid off.
"You have to think you can make everything you look at," Haas said. "If you don't, you'll be on the putting green for nine hours and get nothing accomplished. It's all confidence."
Here are the Power Rankings for the WNB Golf Classic:
|Power Rankings: WNB Golf Classic|
| || ||Hunter |
|He made all the right moves on Sunday to win his second Nationwide Tour tournament of the year, and now gets to play in his home state. The confidence is there with his putting so look for him to contend. He also tied for seventh at the 2009 WNB Golf Classic.|
| || ||Tommy |
|He sits third on the money list and already has two victories. He struggled this past week in Idaho and wound up tying for 56th but he is the top money winner who is playing this week. Jamie Lovemark and Chris Kirk are taking the week off.|
| || ||Martin |
|Since his last victory he has missed one cut and finished tied for 54th, tied for 49th and last week finished 63rd. He has two wins this season and is capable of becoming the first to get to three victories. He sits fifth on the money list.|
| || ||Jin |
|Has had a very consistent season and sits 41st on the money list. He tied for third in Idaho last year so hes got some good vibes from that course. The former Arizona State player has struggled recently with two straight missed cuts, but this is a new week.|
| || ||Frank |
|It's getting late in the year for this veteran, so if he wants to move closer to securing a PGA TOUR card for next season he needs to make a move. Lickliter is 53rd on the money list and has made just one cut in his last six tournaments. |
John Dell has covered golf for the Winston-Salem Journal in North Carolina for the last 16 years. His views do not necessarily represent the views of the PGA TOUR.