Today is an incredibly important day for many members of the PGA Tour as it marks the beginning of the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals Classic. Even more important than the name of the tournament, it is also the last event in the Fall Series, and as such, is the last chance for players to break into the top 125 on the PGA Tour money list.
What’s so important about being in the top 125 of the money list, you might ask? Well, those individuals secure themselves full exemption for the 2013 season, providing them an exemption from qualifying for the majority of the events in 2013.
While the majority of the top golfers in the world are on hiatus, probably vacationing with families or finding events to play overseas, the players taking part in this week’s event have a lot on the line. There might not be the same quality of golf you would see in a major championship, but the pressure on some of these guys is just as intense. Only five players currently ranked in the top 50 on the money list are taking part this week, with Robert Garrigus being the highest ranked, at 26th.
There are probably some names you wouldn’t expect to see vying for an exemption in 2013, including Justin Leonard who currently sits at 138 on the money list and needs a good showing to move into the top 125. Leonard has said that he found himself consumed with the pressure of playing well in order to secure his card for 2013, and it hurt him on the golf course.
“I got caught up in what I needed to do,” Leonard said.