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The Tour Report

February 9 2013

5:11 PM

Big possibilities await Cantlay

PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. -- Patrick Cantlay already has received a sponsor's exemption for next week's Northern Trust Open. But the former UCLA standout might not have to use it if he can finish in the top 10 on Sunday.

Cantlay is currently 3 under through 11 holes at Pebble Beach. He's 9 under for the tournament, which puts him three strokes behind Brandt Snedeker. Players who finish in the top 10 earn entry into the next full-field event.

The last player to win a PGA TOUR event while playing on a sponsor's exemption was Lee Westwood at the 2010 FedEx St. Jude Classic.

Cantlay is not currently a member of the PGA TOUR. But the 20-year-old would be eligible for special temporary membership with a three-way tie for second or better -- which is important because it affords him unlimited sponsor's exemptions.

As a non-member, though, Cantlay can only accept seven sponsor's exemptions. He can play in a maximum of 12 events, counting any spots he earned by Monday qualifiying and top-10 finishes in the previous event.

Should Cantlay earn special temporary member status, he will not be eligible to receive FedExCup points. He will, however, be on the FedExCup points non-member list.

Non-members finishing with enough points to put them inside the top 125 of the final FedExCup list will earn their TOUR card for the 2013-2014 season.