PGA Tour Fall Series Update: Last Chance To Earn a Tour Card

Derek FranksContributor IOctober 20, 2010

SAN MARTIN, CA - OCTOBER 17:  Rocco Mediate makes an approach shot on the 18th hole during the final round of the Open at the CordeValle Golf Club on October 17, 2010 in San Martin, California.  (Photo by Robert Laberge/Getty Images)
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I said a couple of weeks ago that the Fall Series was one of my favorite times of the year for golf viewing.  And this past weekend proved my point.  Rocco Mediate grabbed his 6th win on tour (has he really only won 6 times? Wow) in dramatic style.  He was sitting 182nd on the money list and had already sent in his application for Q-School.  I imagine that he’ll now spend December gearing up for the season opener at Kapalua in January.

It’s also awesome to see David Duval playing solid golf.  He’s sitting comfortably at 99th on the list, so he’ll definitely be out on Tour next year.  Shooting 4 rounds under par isn’t something that he’s done since his T2 at Pebble Beach in Feburary.  He’s shown flashes of brilliance over the past couple of years.  Could we be close to seeing the former world #1 snag his first victory since the 2001 British Open?

Guys on the move:

Rocco wasn’t the only player making a move last week.  Dean Wilson finished T13 with some solid, if unspectacular weekend play.  That bumped him from 122 to 111, likely ensuring that he’ll have his card for the 2011 season.

Troy Merritt’s 65 on Saturday helped him to a T18 finish.  That moved him from the dreaded 126 position to 118.  If he can make one more cut this season, he should probably be OK.

Aaron Baddley moved up a spot to 120.  He was in a position to do much better than that, but a Sunday 75 really hurt him.  However another T30 would lock it up for him.

Guys moving the wrong way:

There were also some guys moving the wrong way.  Woody Austin dropped a spot from 124 to 125.  That’s cutting it awful close, Woody.  My dad had a great pro-am experience with Woody a few years ago and I’d really like to see him keep his card and avoid Q-School.

Briny Baird’s missed cut could cost him dearly.  He dropped from 123 to 127.  He needs a couple of solid weeks to guarantee a spot on Tour next year.

On the Bubble:

Aaron Price is now the man on the bubble, moving from 125 to 126.  I don’t imagine he’s sleeping very well right now.

There are a couple of guys just outside the top 125 to keep an eye on as well.  Bob Estes missed cut dropped him from 127 to 128.  Billy Mayfair is sitting at 131.  He’s making cuts, but needs to put together a couple of solid weekend rounds if he wants to earn his card for next year.  Tom Pernice Jr move up from 138 to 133.

We’ve only got 2 weeks until the end of the 2010 season.  It’s the last chance for players to lock up their tour card for 2011 and avoid the dreaded Q-School.  And if the last few weeks are any indication, we have some great golf to look forward to.