Field for THE PLAYERS Shaping Up

By Pga Tour MediaApril 22, 2008, 4:00 pm
2007 THE PLAYERSPONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. -- The field for THE PLAYERS Championship will be nearly finalized following this weeks EDS Byron Nelson Championship, where players have a chance to move up the Official World Golf Ranking or FedExCup points list in order to qualify for the May 5-11 event.
Players in the top 50 of the World Ranking or top 10 in the FedExCup points standings on Monday, April 28, will help round out THE PLAYERS field. In addition, if the winner of the EDS Byron Nelson Championship or next weeks Wachovia Championship is not already qualified, he will gain entry into THE PLAYERS.
So far, 136 players are already qualified for THE PLAYERS, mainly via their position on the 2007 FedExCup point list (top 30), the 2007 PGA TOUR money list (top 125), or by winning a PGA TOUR event since the last PLAYERS. See the attached chart for players currently qualified.
Sixty-nine players competing in this weeks EDS Byron Nelson Championship are looking for a win in order to make THE PLAYERS field, including TOUR veterans like 1995 U.S. Open champion Corey Pavin, Ponte Vedra resident Frank Lickliter II and 2008 U.S. Ryder Cup Team Captain Paul Azinger.
Pavin has competed in every PLAYERS since his rookie season in 1984, a streak of 24 years, and Lickliter is looking to make his 10th-consecutive appearance. On the other side of the coin, rookies like Jason Day, Matt Jones and Kevin Streelman are looking for a win this week in order to make their first PLAYERS field. So far this season, Greg Kraft, Steve Lowery and Andres Romero have won a PGA TOUR event to qualify for THE PLAYERS.
Mark Brown and Graeme McDowell are competing in this weeks BMW Asian Open on the European Tour, and a good finish could move them into the top 50 in the Official World Golf Ranking. Brown is currently 58th, just ahead of McDowell at 59th, and both are hoping to join players like Lee Westwood (No. 20), Niclas Fasth (No. 24), Martin Kaymer (No. 31), Miguel A. Jiminez (No. 41), Toru Taniguchi (No. 44), Robert Karlsson (No. 48), Soren Hansen (No. 49) and Nick Dougherty (No. 50) who can qualify by maintaining their positions within the top 50 of the Official World Golf Ranking.
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