Bubble Watch: McGladrey Classic

By Will GrayOctober 17, 2012, 8:48 pm

With two events remaining in the 2012 season, the race is heating up for players looking to end the year inside the top 125 on the money list - and earn the coveted 2013 PGA Tour card that comes with that distinction. Here is a quick look at some of the players in the field for this week's McGladrey Classic who will be looking to play their way onto the right side of the bubble:

126. Kevin Chappell: Currently residing in the spot no player wants to occupy at season's end, Chappell trails No. 125 Billy Mayfair by $1,413 with two events remaining. He has played impressively in each of the last two U.S. Opens - T-3 at Congressional, T-10 at the Olympic Club - but has not recorded any other top-10 finishes this year. He comes to Sea Island having missed the weekend in four consecutive starts, including each of the last two weeks. Chappell will hope to play his way inside the number this week, but if necessary he knows a good finish at the season-ending Children's Miracle Network Hospitals Classic is possible - he finished T-3 at Disney a year ago.

127. Gary Christian: Playing a full season on the PGA Tour for the first time, the 41-year-old Christian is currently $3,504 shy of a card for 2013. He compiled a string of four top-20 finishes in five events this summer, peaking with a T-10 finish at the RBC Canadian Open. His five starts since that event, though, have gotten progressively worse - T-21 in Reno, T-37 in Greensboro, T-46 at The Barclays, T-68 in Las Vegas and a missed cut at last week's Frys.com Open. Christian will need to reverse that trend if he hopes to avoid Q-School later this fall.

130. Chez Reavie: A year ago, Reavie nearly claimed a FedEx Cup playoff event - and a two-year exemption - before ultimately losing in a playoff to Webb Simpson at the Deutsche Bank Championship. This year, thanks in large part to a stretch of six straight missed cuts from the Zurich Classic to the U.S. Open, Reavie finds himself fighting to keep his card. He has made seven of eight cuts since Olympic, though, with three top-20 finishes including a T-16 showing last week at CordeValle. He now faces a $40,486 deficit with two events remaining as he looks to avoid moving from inside the top 40 to outside the top 125 in the span of a calendar year.

132. Tim Petrovic: Entering the final round at CordeValle, Petrovic was resigned to his fate far outside the top 125. But a Sunday 64 led to a T-2 finish last week - and more importantly, a $440,000 check - and now Petrovic finds himself only $53,499 from full-time status for next year. He has played in fewer events than many of his fellow bubble-dwellers (only seven made cuts in 15 starts in 2012), and had only two top-40 finishes prior to last week's runner-up. Petrovic now has renewed hope, though, and two opportunities to record a single finish high enough to jump into the top 125.

152. Camilo Villegas: Four years since claiming the Tour Championship and finishing second in the FedEx Cup points race, Villegas is now facing the very real possibility of Q-School. The Colombian has yet to record a top-10 finish in 2012 and has only been inside the top 25 three times in 23 starts this year. As a result, Villegas has opted to take part in the Fall Series for the first time in his career in hopes of retaining playing privileges for 2013. Although his finishes from the first two events were respectable (T-30 at Shriners, T-29 at Frys.com) he will need much better results across his next two starts in order to close the $193,601 gap currently separating him from the 125th spot.

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Thomas: Winning hometown Honda would 'mean a lot'

By Ryan LavnerFebruary 24, 2018, 11:53 pm

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. – Justin Thomas is trying to join Rickie Fowler as a winner of his hometown event.

Thomas will play in the final group alongside Luke List on Sunday at the Honda Classic after matching the low round of the week with a 5-under 65. He is at 6-under 204, one shot back of List.

The reigning PGA Tour Player of the Year is one of several residents of nearby Jupiter. After Fowler won last year, Thomas (who missed the cut) returned to the course to congratulate his neighbor on his fourth Tour title.

“I hope I give him the opportunity or the choice to come back,” Thomas said. “But I’ve got a lot of golf in front of me before I worry about him coming here.”

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More important to Thomas, however, is winning this event, which is played at PGA National, one of the most difficult non-major courses on Tour.

“It would mean a lot,” he said. “It means a lot to win any golf tournament, but it would mean more because of how prestigious this golf tournament is and the list of winners that have won this event, how strong of a field it is, how difficult of a golf course.

“A decent number of my wins have been on easier golf courses, so it would be cool to get it done at a place like this.”

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Woods paired with hotshot rookie Burns at Honda

By Ryan LavnerFebruary 24, 2018, 11:38 pm

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. – Rookie Sam Burns will be in the biggest spot of his career Sunday – playing alongside Tiger Woods.

Burns, the reigning Nicklaus Award winner who turned pro after two standout years at LSU, will go off with Woods at 12:45 p.m. at the Honda Classic.

Burns, 20, who earned his Web.com Tour card via Q-School, is playing this week on a sponsor exemption, his fourth of the season. He is 13th on the Web.com money list this year, after a tie for second two weeks ago in Colombia.

Burns and Woods are tied for 11th, at even-par 210.

Sunday is an important round for Burns, who can earn a spot into the Valspar Championship with a top-10 finish here.

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List leads Honda; Thomas one back

By Golf Channel DigitalFebruary 24, 2018, 11:25 pm

Luke List, one of a legion of PGA Tour players who live in Jupiter, just two exits up I-95 from PGA National, shot a 4-under 66 on Saturday to take a one-shot lead after three rounds of the Honda Classic. Here's how things stand going into the final round at PGA National:

Leaderboard: Luke List (-7), Justin Thomas (-6), Webb Simpson (-6), Tommy Fleetwood (-5), Jamie Lovemark (-5), Alex Noren (-4) 

What it means: Leader List has played well this season, with no finish lower than T-26 in six starts. Thomas, of course, is the reigning Player of the Year. The next best pedigree among the leaders belongs to Simpson, winner of the 2012 U.S. Open and three other PGA Tour titles.

Round of the day: Thomas and Noren both shot 5-under 65s. Thomas made two of his six birdies in the Bear Trap (at the par 3s, Nos. holes 15 and17), while Noren played that stretch (15-17) in 1 over. Noren made his hay elsewhere, including an eagle at the last that canceled out his two bogeys.

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Best of the rest: List, Simpson and Kelly Kraft all shot 66.

Biggest disappointment: After an opening 76, Jimmy Walker probably thought he was back on track with a 68 that allowed him to make the cut. Alas, the improvement was temporary, as he ballooned back to a 74 on Saturday.

Shot of the day: Tommy Fleetwood hit a fairway wood from 282 yards to within 8 feet of the cup on the 18th hole. He then made the putt for his second eagle of the day.

Quote of the day: "The course played a fair bit easier with not as much wind." - Thomas

Biggest storyline going into Sunday: List may be in the lead, but most eyes will be on Thomas, a five-time winner last year who has yet to lift a trophy in 2018. And of course, more than a few people will be keeping tabs on Tiger Woods. He'll begin the day seven shots back, trying to channel Tiger of 2012 - when he posted a 62 on Sunday at PGA National (which was good only for a runner-up finish to Rory McIlroy).

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Dufner wears "BOSS" hat while playing with Tiger

By Ryan LavnerFebruary 24, 2018, 11:20 pm

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. – Jason Dufner doesn’t have a hat sponsor this year, freeing him up to wear whatever lid he wants.

That’s why he’s already worn caps with camouflage, American flags and The Notorious B.I.G.’s face.

He saved his most audacious look for Saturday at the Honda Classic – a blue cap with “BOSS” and five gold stars on the front.

“Perfect time,” Dufner said with a smile, “playing with Tiger (Woods).”

And where did he find the cap, which generated plenty of buzz on social media?

At Rickie Fowler’s house, of course.

“There’s not much behind it,” Dufner said. “I don’t have a sponsorship this year, so I’m doing whatever I want to do. This one was laying in Rickie’s house last night, so I grabbed it.”