PGA Tour cards at stake in finale

By Will GrayAugust 21, 2013, 3:20 pm

This week's Cox Classic marks the final event of the 2013 Tour regular season, and also serves as the final opportunity for players to move into the top 25 of the season-long money list and secure a PGA Tour card for the 2013-14 season.

As has been the case for several years, 'The 25' at season's end will graduate to the PGA Tour for the following year. However, with the advent of the PGA Tour's wraparound schedule that has the 2013-14 season beginning in October, the year's top players will still head to the four-event Tour Finals to determine a final status pecking order.

With PGA Tour cards assured, the top 25 after this week's event in Omaha will be joined in the finals by Nos. 26-75 on the Tour money list as well as those ranked Nos. 126-200 in the final FedEx Cup standings. Across the four-event series, an additional 25 cards will be up for grabs and those advancing to the PGA Tour will be ranked 1-50, based solely on the money they earn during finals, to determine pecking order for next season.

With one regular-season event remaining, former UCLA standout Patrick Cantlay holds to the 25th spot on the money list, just $2,807 ahead of Wes Roach. Here's a look at the bubble boys heading into Omaha:

23. Ashley Hall $138,618

24. Matthew Goggin $137,477

25. Patrick Cantlay $135,105

26. Wes Roach $132,298

27. Whee Kim $132,018

28. Scott Parel $128,957

With this week's winner taking $144,000 from an $800,000 purse, the opportunity exists to make a move up the standings with a stellar week at Champions Run.

Another race is also on for the top overall spot on the season-long money list, where Michael Putnam currently holds a $37,735 lead over Ben Martin. Should Putnam retain the top spot at week's end, he'll automatically earn one of the top two positions on next year's status list (along with the overall money winner from the upcoming finals) as well as a berth in the 2014 Players Championship next May.

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Tiger Tracker: Honda Classic

By Tiger TrackerFebruary 21, 2018, 7:00 pm

Tiger Woods is making his third start of the year at the Honda Classic. We're tracking him at PGA National in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.

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Woods happy to help Furyk at Ryder Cup

By Ryan LavnerFebruary 21, 2018, 6:58 pm

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. – Tiger Woods didn't hesitate when Jim Furyk asked him to become a vice captain at the upcoming Ryder Cup.

Woods said Wednesday that Furyk asked he and Steve Stricker “a while ago” whether they were interested in being assistants in Paris as the Americans try to win a Ryder Cup on foreign soil for the first time in 25 years.

“He’s one of my best friends,” Woods said of Furyk, “and whatever he wants, whatever he needs, I’m there to help him. We’re worked well the last couple of years in the cups together.”

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Though Woods has said that he wants to be a playing vice captain, he has been an assistant at each of the past two international team competitions.

Furyk, Woods and Stricker were all assistants at Hazeltine, where the U.S. won in a rout.

“Jim is very detailed, very smart, very analytical, and he’s just a fantastic leader,” Woods said. “For him to ask Stricks and I together, it will be special for both of us.”

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Woods to hit '4 or 5' drivers each day at Honda

By Ryan LavnerFebruary 21, 2018, 6:25 pm

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. – Those hoping Tiger Woods will wield the driver early and often this week at PGA National likely will be disappointed.

Depending on wind direction, he said he will only hit “four or five” drivers each round.

During Wednesday’s pro-am, Woods hit driver on six holes. He found two fairways with the big stick and found the right rough four times, though a few of those misses were only a few yards off the fairway.

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In two starts this year, Woods has struggled mightily with every club off the tee, but driver has been especially troublesome. He has found only 36 percent of the fairways so far (30 of 84).

The Champion Course here is a par 70, with water and bunkers often lining the fairways. Putting the ball in play off the tee will be at a premium, and so Woods opted for a low, penetrating 2-iron six times in the pro-am.

Woods said he did not make any equipment changes following the missed cut at Riviera.

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TT postscript: One birdie in casual pro-am round

By Tiger TrackerFebruary 21, 2018, 6:15 pm

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. – Here are a few observations after watching Tiger Woods’ pro-am round Wednesday at the Honda Classic:

• As expected, the stress level was minimal at PGA National. He had a short warmup (considering it was still freakin’ dark when he was about to tee it up, at 6:45 a.m.) and generally took little time contemplating shots, except for a few clubs off the tee.

• Tiger spent a lot of time chipping, pitching and putting after completing a hole. No surprise there. He didn’t play a practice round Monday or Tuesday, and he hasn’t competed here since 2014. Gotta get in that work.

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• He hit six drivers Wednesday. That’s probably one or two more than he will in competition, depending on wind direction. Two of those drives found the fairway. The other four were varying degrees off-line in the right rough, none more wild than his push slice on the difficult sixth hole that was probably 60 yards right. At least it was playable over there – water runs all the way down the left side.

• It’s not quite a stinger, but he hit more than a few 2-iron shots off the tee, with a sweet, little draw. That’ll play quite nicely here.

• We said it for a few rounds at Torrey Pines, and then again for one day at Riviera, but here goes: Woods appears to have taken the left side of the course out of play. Whether that remains true after playing under “game speed” this week, who knows?

• Woods made only one birdie, after getting up and down out of the greenside bunker on the par-5 third. His pro-am stat line, for those interested: 7 of 14 fairways, 12 greens and 31 putts and shot around 2 over. Again, he was not really trying.

• Best shot of the day? His fairway-bunker shot on the sixth hole (while playing his second ball). He skied a mid-iron from 187 yards to kick-in range. A little more of that, please.