Five Tour players in need of a good week

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Dawie van der Walt is back from his time overseas and in need of a move up the ranks.
July 04, 2013
By Jeff Shain, PGATOUR.COM contributor

One good week may be all these men need. Seven opportunities remain.

That doesn’t necessarily mean the odds stand in their favor.

This week’s break on the Tour schedule comes at the two-thirds point of the 21-event Tour season -- 14 events are in the books, with just enough time for a player to recharge his batteries before the final seven-week push begins at next week’s Utah Championship.

For some, one good week means locking up one of the PGA TOUR cards that will be given out to the top 25 in regular-season earnings. For others, it’s about cracking the top 75 for entry to the Tour Finals and a chance at the final 25 cards available.

Either way, it’s about building momentum into the Finals. All but No.1 on the money list still will need to play for next season’s priority status.

Though one easily could name at least a dozen men who need a good week to get on track, here are five notables. It could be a matter of regaining momentum that cooled off following a strong start. Others seek any traction at all, having spun their wheels into the season’s final third.

Five players who need a big week
Rank Player   Comment
DAWIE VAN DER WALT DAWIE VAN DER WALT When the big South African took leave in mid-May to work off some of his European Tour playing minimum, he was 17th on the money list. Now he stands at No.32. Even worse, he missed five of six cuts over there and carded just three rounds in the 60s.
BRICE GARNETT BRICE GARNETT A trio of top-6 finishes pushed the Missouri native to No.5 on the money list at the season’s one-third mark. He hasn’t added another dollar to his total since, with six MCs through the middle third. He didn’t break 70 in seven June rounds, but two were in the 80s.
JOSEPH BRAMLETT JOSEPH BRAMLETT The Stanford alum stands just inside the Finals cut line at No.72 on the money list. Last week’s tie for 14th at Victoria National broke a plunge resulting from seven missed cuts, but still didn’t offer much help – Bramlett slipped another notch in the shuffle.
JAMIE LOVEMARK JAMIE LOVEMARK Plagued by injury since topping the 2010 graduating class, Lovemark faces a battle to simply get into this year’s Finals field. The one-time USC hotshot stands No. 99 on the money list, with no top-15 finishes and has yet to survive the cut in consecutive starts.
PAUL CLAXTON PAUL CLAXTON Five starts shy of becoming the Tour’s career leader, Claxton must rally just to secure another full year on the circuit. The 45-year-old Georgian is 117th in earnings; he needs top-100 status for anything better than the past-champion category in 2014.