PGA: Movers and Shakers

Dan BentonCorrespondent IOctober 15, 2008

It's a different chase than the one for the FedEx Cup, but in a lot of ways may be a more important one. 

It's the chase to the number "125," as in sneaking into the top-125 of the PGA tour Money List. 

That's the threshold for keeping (or earning) a one-year exemption for a Tour Card in 2009.

The real trick is for some of these sub-125 players to win a tournament outright, and get the two-year exemption and a ticket to the PGA Championship; but only one person can win a week.

So, in this, the more realistic look at things, we'll check out who's trending up and getting closer to a card, and who is shooting themselves in the foot down the stretch.

This impacts you Fantasy-wise as well, because those making a push to the top-125 will (in theory) be playing better and finish better, while those dropping out of the top-125 will (in theory) be missing cuts and be worthless to start in your league.

So, let's take a look at the Movers and the Shakers and give you yet another level to consider when picking your lineup.


Martin Laird

Outside of a three-week stretch (Legends Reno-Tahoe Open, Wyndham Championship, The Barclays) of top-10s, Laird has been inconsistent at best (missed nine of 25 cuts) and has finished no better than T-50th in the last five weeks; including the two Fall Series events he's played in (T-70th at Turning Stone, Missed Cut at the Valero Texas Open).

He's just playing horribly in all facets of the game, from driving to irons to putting; it's a complete and total mess right now, and he's suffering in the Money List Standings as a result. 

After The Barclays, he was knocking on the door of the top-100 on the Money List.  Now he dropped just this past week from 122nd to 125th, and is dropping like a lead balloon. 

The point here is that Laird is simply not ready for prime time, although he's got all the talent in the world.  Maybe another year on the Nationwide Tour will help, but in terms of this year, Laird is all but done.  You should take that into consideration.

Verdict: Shaky Shaker

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