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The Tour Report

October 12 2013

3:41 PM

Levin making most of medical exemption

By Sean Martin, PGATOUR.COM

SAN MARTIN, Calif. -- The Frys.com Open is Spencer Levin's first PGA TOUR start since last year's Deutsche Bank Championship. He's competing this season on a major medical extension that will require him to make $595,483 in 28 starts to retain his TOUR card.

Levin, 29, is off to a good start in his first TOUR start in more than a year. He shot 71-65 to sit in 11th place after two rounds at CordeValle. He played in eight Web.com Tour events in 2013, finishing in the top-25 four times. He lost a playoff to Kevin Tway at the Albertsons Boise Open and nearly earned a TOUR card at the Web.com Tour Finals after a T-7 at the Nationwide Children's Hospital Open. He finished 55th in the Web.com Tour Finals priority rankings; the top 50 earned PGA TOUR cards for this season. Levin still has TOUR status because of the medical extension, though.

The end of 2012 was difficult for Levin. His step-brother, Blake Wiklund, died last August. Levin had surgery Oct. 4, 2012, to repair a torn ligament in his left thumb. His s