2002 Tour Season Set to Close Shop

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The PGA Tour officially closes up the shop at the completion of this weeks Southern Farm Bureau Classic, with many players hoping its just for the winter and not for all of 2003.
 
Played alongside the Tour Championship, the event is open to the players who werent in the top 30 on the money list following the Buick Challenge. Those who qualified for the Tour Championship obviously have secured their tour cards for 2003.
 
But for a handful of players, there is still some jostling going on to maintain their guaranteed playing privileges for next year, instead of having to face another session of the grueling Q-School.
 
Yet for some, the Southern Farm Bureau Classic affords them the opportunity to close out the year on a high note with a big check in tow. And with the top 30 on the money list playing in Atlanta, the odds of a high finish have increased dramatically.
 
Those currently in or around the hot seat, spot 125 on the money list, are PGA Tour veterans Craig Stadler, David Frost and Andrew Magee. Recent Buy.Com Tour graduates Pat Bates and Craig Barlow are also in the mix that will battle to maintain all the luxuries that separate the two tours.
 
This will be the ninth year the tournament is held at the Annandale Golf Club in Madison, Wis. The purse is $2,600,000 with $468,000 going to the winner.
 
Last year saw Woody Austin hold on to the 125th spot, despite a tie for 73rd, as he edged out Bradley Hughes by less than $100.
 
Statistical Preview for the Southern Farm Bureau Classic