Now that the major championships and the Ryder Cup have concluded, it is time for the PGA Tour Fall Series to begin. The first leg of the Fall Series takes place in Las Vegas with the Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospitals for Children Open. While these tournaments at the end of the season may not have the glitz and glamour of The Masters, for many of the players on the PGA Tour, they are even more important. The Fall Series tournaments give players their last chance at making it into the top 125 on the money list, thus providing them an exempt status for the 2013 season.
There are some names that will pop up in these tournaments that you would have never imagined are on the bubble for losing their 2013 exemptions, including Stewart Cink, Camilo Villegas, John Daly, Justin Leonard and Retief Goosen. It just goes to show that most players on the tour are not guaranteed anything, and often times need to scratch out a few more top 10’s so as to ensure their exempt status for the following year.
For Daly, who is currently 132nd on the money list, it has been a long road back from the days when he was a superstar with millions of dollars in endorsement deals. Over the last few years, he has had to frequently rely on getting into tournaments via sponsor exemptions. He is seeking to regain full PGA Tour status for the first time since 2006. As of late, however, he has started to play more consistently. I, for one, am hoping that he can make it into the top 125 because I think it’s a great story and the tour will be a little more exciting each week he plays. It also makes for a great comeback story, and who doesn’t love that?