Storylines: Top 60 on money list the focus, too

September 19, 2012 Tour staff

The goal of every player on the Tour is to finish among "The 25" leading money winners, which guarantees a PGA TOUR card for next year.

But you can't get there if you're not in the top 60. Only the top-60 money winners are eligible for the season-ending Tour Championship at TPC Craig Ranch (Oct. 25-28). The field of 60 will be finalized the week before at the Winn-Dixie Jacksonville Open presented by Planters. Once a player secures his spot in the Championship, the possibility exists for him to play his way into "The 25", even the 60th player on the money list.


SEASON COUNTDOWN REACHES SIX: This week's WNB Golf Classic in Midland, Texas is the 22nd of 27 Tour events on the year. Through the first 26 (after Albertsons Boise Open presented by Kraft), 15 players have exceeded the earnings of last year's 25th and final card earner Billy Hurley III ($180,191). With one additional tournament, this year's earnings cutoff to earn a card will likely be higher.

So while some players are in good position to secure PGA TOUR membership for 2013, there is plenty of work left to be done for them to finish as high as possible on the money list to maximize their eligibility positions as well as for those still battling to remain or get inside "The 25".

QUICK RISE TO THE WINNER'S CIRCLE: After a playoff loss in Columbus, Ohio, followed by T3, T10, T6 finishes and a missed cut in Pittsburgh, Luke Guthrie entered the winner's circle on the Tour on Sunday at the Albertsons Boise Open. The Quincy, Ill., native, who starred at the University of Illinois, opened with a 64 and closed with a 65 to capture a four-shot victory and shoot up to fourth on the money list after only six starts. Not bad for a guy who had two homework assignments due on Monday morning as he works to complete his college degree.

JEFF KLAUK: Jeff Klauk shot rounds of 71-69-140 (2 under) at the Albertsons Boise Open in his first competitive outing since playing in Wichita, Kan. on the Tour 15 months ago (June 2011). He missed the cut by three shots. The 34-year-old Klauk indicated he likely will play more Tour events this fall as part of his five-event X Medical Extension, including quite possibly the hometown Winn-Dixie Jacksonville Open at TPC Sawgrass next month.

THE MISSOURIAN AWARD: Price Cutter Charity Championship executive director Jerald Andrews will be honored this Saturday evening (22nd) with The Missourian Award, which recognizes outstanding contributions to Missouri or the nation in civics, business, arts or politics. Andrews has led the Springfield, Mo.-based Tour event since 1995. The tournament has raised nearly $10 million for charitable organizations in the Ozarks.

2012 CHAMPION DANNY LEE DEFENDS: Defending champion Danny Lee is in the field this week at Midland Country Club. The Korean-born New Zealand citizen shot 66 on Sunday last year to come from six shots back to join Harris English in a playoff, which he won with a par on the first extra hole. The 22-year-old Lee finished sixth on the Tour money list. This year, he has played 22 events on the PGA TOUR, finishing 159th in FedExCup points. In the 23-year history of the Tour no player has returned to successfully defend a title.

QUEST FOR THE CARD: Remaining episodes of "Quest for the Card: Inside the Tour" will air Oct. 24 and Oct. 31, with four re-airs of both scheduled within five days of the original airing.

DID YOU KNOW?: At 22 years, seven months and 15 days, Luke Guthrie became the second youngest winner on the Tour this year. Ben Kohles was 22-5-5 when he outlasted Guthrie in the Nationwide Children's Hospital Invitational playoff in July.

BIRTHDAY BOY: B.J. Staten celebrates his 35th birthday on Saturday (22nd) in Midland.

NEXT WEEK: It's on to Charlotte, N.C., for the Chiquita Classic at The Club at Longview (Sept. 27-30).