PGA Tour veteran Charlie Wi got out to a quick start during the first round of the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals Classic to take a one shot lead into Friday. Wi is a notoriously fast starter, but reaching the finish line has been difficult for him. He has yet to win in 184 career events on tour, and this is the third time in 2012 that he has held a lead at the end of the first round.
Some of the players participating in the final even of the Fall Series are not only hoping to crack the top 125 on the money list to secure their card for 2013, but they are also hoping that a win at Disney could catapult them into the top 30, providing them entry into The Masters.
Tommy “Two Gloves” Gainey is all too well aware of the importance of finishing in the top 125, but is also not treating this tournament differently than any other tournament. “My goal is just to win, anyway. The way I’m playing right now, keep hitting the golf shots and keep hitting it in the fairways, and with the way I’m rolling this putter, it’s going to be good by Sunday afternoon,” he said.
I, for one, am a big fan of these Fall Series events. The big names might not be in attendance (Rory McIlroy, for instance, is playing in Europe this week), but the drama that takes place is undeniable. Many of these guys are playing so that they can continue to grind on the Tour in 2013. They are not household names, but are hoping for an exemption so that they could perhaps become the “next big thing”.