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Tuesday, September 24, 2013

And Now the Tour Championship

Since I still don't have my new RGWR database set up (now I'm just hoping to have it up and running for next month's rankings) I'm going to look ahead to that other Tour Championship this week.

The Tour Championship determines the other 50 PGA Tour cards to be awarded for next year. (Well, 25 were already determined at the end of the Tour season... but now the seedings are up for grabs.) Here is the list of the current money list positions for the players, and I have to say that I find this list very interesting. Bear in mind that the winner this week gets $180,000.

Sitting at the top of the list is Seung-Yul Noh with $210,125. Guess what? He's not playing this week! Seung-Yul had been away from his home in Korea for months and they said during the tournament he won that he was getting homesick. (For example, he was going to the same Korean restaurant every night and it wasn't for superstitious reasons.) He's locked up his card and he decided that's good enough.

According to the Tour Championship preview, anybody down to #29 could take first place from him. Why is first place such a big deal? Because the top finisher gets full Tour privileges (no priority reshuffle during next season) and a trip to the TPC. Michael Putnam, who sits at #10, already has full Tour privileges since he won the regular Tour season.

Patrick Cantlay at #7 (his card locked up as well) is also sitting the week out with back problems.

Several players will get Tour cards no matter what happens. Andrew Svoboda and Trevor Immelman (who won the other two events in these playoffs), Ryo Ishikawa, and Will Mackenzie are in that group. Bud Cauley will probably get his also, although some good play this week will assure it.

But good play isn't assured for anybody. This final event will be played at TPC Sawgrass -- the Dye’s Valley course -- which is a 6,864 yards, par 70 layout... and the word is that this sucker may be even tougher than the Stadium Course where the TPC is played.

This could be REALLY fun... for us fans, anyway. GC coverage begins at 3pm ET Thursday. I think I heard that the pregame show starts at 2pm.

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