Bud Cauley and Marco Dawson are tied for the lead at Sea Island after the first round of The McGladrey Classic after each shot an 8 under 62. Cauley is continuing his stellar play throughout the PGA Tour Fall Series, while Dawson is poised to move up around 100 spots on the money list into the top 125 (based on projected standings after the first round).
Even if he’s not consciously thinking about it while he’s on the course, Cauley is clearly feeling confident after his last few outings, saying “Obviously, I’ve thought about winning every tournament I’ve teed up in this year. It’s been a long year, and although I’ve played a lot this year, I haven’t won. It’s still a goal of mine, but I’m not thinking about that while I’m out there, or putting any more pressure on myself this week. The season is kind of wining down. It would be great to win here.”
Unlike Cauley, who is all but guaranteed a full tour card for 2013, Dawson needs to string together a few quality outings in order to ensure himself full status for next year, and he is all too well aware of that fact. “I’m so far away from it that the only thing I can do is just try and play well,” Dawson said. “And when I am playing well, just to keep it going instead of kind of messing it up like I have during the year.”
Just because these aren’t major tournaments and don’t have the star power as events during the regular tour year doesn’t meant that there won’t be drama heading into the weekend. Many of these golfers are competing to try and make sure they are in the top 125 on the money list, securing a full 2013 tour card.