The Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals Classic finished on Sunday and with it the official conclusion of the 2013 PGA Tour Season. There was plenty of anticipation as we were not even sure eventual winner Charlie Beljan would finish playing Saturday, much less contend for his first PGA Tour title. But the 28-year-old rookie accomplished all of the above and now has a job for at least two more years.
Only five players from the top 50 on the PGA Tour money list were at Disney — Garrigus (26), Ben Curtis (30), Jonas Blixt (35), Brendon de Jonge (39) and Charlie Wi (45). And six players have won on tour this year — two against weak fields in the Fall Series (Blixt and Tommy Gainey) and two against even weaker fields at opposite-field events (Scott Stallings and George McNeill); but the excitement was beyond that. The end of the PGA Tour season also brings the end of the race for the top 125 money list. All players 126 and beyond must make the trip to the 2nd Stage PGA Tour Q School or risk the ultimate sacrifice. These players will be on the outside looking in as players in the top 125, along with 50 more players who earned Tour cards at Q-School and the Web.com Tour, are expected to play in more tournaments because of the shortened year.
A few notables who landed outside the 125 are: Jerry Kelly, Trevor Immelman, Gary Woodland, Retief Goosen, Justin Leonard, Camilo Villegas and Stuart Appleby.
- Jerry Kelly retained his position just inside the top 25 in career earnings, $96,581 more than Charles Howell III at 26th. Therefore, Kelly can burn a one-time exemption offered to anyone inside the top 25 at the conclusion of a season.
- Trevor Immelman finished 129th on the money list, but he’s not at risk for losing status as he’ll be entering the final year of his five-year exemption for winning the 2008 Masters
- Gary Woodland who injured his wrist during this year’s Masters Tournament sits 134st on the money list but he’s fully exempt through next season for winning the 2011 Transitions Championship.
- Retief Goosen who underwent surgery on his back last week and will be out of action indefinitely. Upon his return to the PGA Tour he will most likely be granted a medical extension, he’s also 15th on the all-time money list, so he has two career earnings exemptions to burn.
- Justin Leonard the former British Open Champion will have to make an unscheduled trip to the 2nd Stage Q School. No current info available.
- Camilo Villegas the 3-time PGA Tour winner including a Honda Classic victory finished 144th and will also have to make a trip to the Q School.
- Stuart Appleby is scheduled to compete in this week’s Talisker Masters on the PGA Tour of Australia, thereby forfeiting a spot in the second stage of Q School on the PGA TOUR. Appleby finished 162nd on the money list in the U.S. In lieu of Past Champion status, which is what he would accept by taking a pass on Q School, he could burn a one-time exemption for ranking inside the top 50 in all-time earnings at the conclusion of this season.