Race for THE 25: Five who need to make a move

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Russell Henley had his best finish of the year in Utah, where he ended up in a tie for ninth.
July 24, 2012
John Dell, PGATOUR.COM Correspondent

With half of the Web.com Tour season in the books it's safe to say that scrambling takes on a whole new meaning in the second half of the season.

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The race for the top 25 on the money list by the end of the season and a PGA TOUR card for 2013 will take center stage. For a lot of players who have languished in the first half of the season here's a look at five players who need to get moving if they want to get into the mix.

One of the first deadlines for players is making sure they are in the top 60 on the money list heading into the year-ending Web.com Tour Championship at the TPC Craig Ranch in McKinney, Texas in late October.

Once the 60 players are set for the Web.com Tour Championship, then the scrambling will really begin for those hoping to get inside the top 25.

Here's a look at five players who need to get moving if they want to get into the mix for a 2013 PGA TOUR card.

1. Nate Smith -- The former Duke standout played on the PGA TOUR in 2011 but he hasn't had much luck so far on the Web.com Tour in 2012. He is a distant 131st on the money list and will need to make up some serious ground in the second half of the season.

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View the updated money list to see who is inside THE 25 at the halfway mark of the season. Money list

Smith is 34th in driving accuracy this season but ranks 93rd in putting average. He's made six cuts in 12 tournaments but his best finish is a tie for 40th. In 2010 on the Web.com Tour he finished 27th on the money list and ranked ninth in putting average.

2. Craig Bowden -- The Web.com Tour veteran with 291 career starts and three victories may have found something in Utah in his last tournament. He was way back on the money list at 180th but finished sixth and is now at 96th on the money list.

Bowden, 44, has missed seven cuts in 12 tournaments and had to withdraw in two others. He's also been a veteran on the PGA TOUR playing in 150 events. To make another jump up the money list he'll need a few more top 10s during the second half of the season.

3. Ben Martin -- The young former Clemson star sits just above Bowden on the money list at No. 95. Martin played on the PGA TOUR last season as a rookie and is now finding life as a rookie on the Web.com Tour a little rough. He had mild success with three top 25s but will need to get moving if he wants to earn his way back to the PGA TOUR.

Martin said earlier this season he hoped to use his experience on the PGA TOUR to his advantage. He has yet to do that but there's time to make a move. Putting has been his biggest problem as he ranks 130th in putting average.

4. Russell Henley -- He joined the Web.com Tour this season and was expected to be one of the young stars but it hasn't worked out that way. Henley, who won last year's Stadion Classic as an amateur, was a star at Georgia and was predicted to be a contender early and often in 2012.

As the second half of the Web.com Tour season opens he is a distant 84th on the money list. He's coming off his best showing of the season with a tie for ninth in Utah, which jumped him up on the money list from 104th. He's too talented to not make a run at the top 25.

5. Bubba Dickerson -- After finishing 2011 strong to wind up 46th on the money list at the end of the season much was expected of Dickerson. But he's had trouble finding that consistency. He's missed the cut in four of his last five tournaments and doesn't have a top 10 this season.

Sitting at 71st on the money list all is not lost, but he'll have to get on a roll if he wants to be inside the top 25. He made a late push at the end of last season to salvage something so he'll have to get into that mindset again. After missing eight straight cuts in 2011 he got on a bit of a roll and made the next six cuts to end his season.

John Dell has covered golf for the Winston-Salem Journal in North Carolina for the last 18 years. His views do not necessarily represent the views of the PGA TOUR. You can reach him at mailto:johndell@triad.rr.com.

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