Racing for the Order of Merit


Unlike the PGA Tour's money race, where Tiger Woods has again run away with it, the race for the European money title is completely up for grabs.
Retief Goosen, Padraig Harrington and Ernie Els, ranked fourth, seventh and third in the world respectively, all are within earshot of claiming the Order of Merit crown.
Goosen, who led the tour last year in earnings, maintains a slim lead over both Harrington and Els but is not in this weeks field. Els, too, will not be playing, leaving the hot Harrington to do some damage.
Harrington actually had the third round lead in last week's Madrid Open before faltering with four bogeys down the stretch, thus giving up any ground he would have made on Goosen. They finished together in a tie for seventh, each earning $35,540.
As the PGA Tour wraps up its season with the Tour Championship, the Euros will stop in Rome for the 59th Italian Open Telecom Italia before their season-ending Volvo Masters next week.
This will be the last event for many as the Volvo Masters is open to only the top 55 on the money list, the last five Volvo champions and six special invites.
A little over $2,000 separates Gary Orr and Gary Emerson for the magical 115th spot on the Order of Merit. Those in the top 115 will retain the Euro playing priviledges for 2003.
Statistical Preview for the 59th Italian Open Telecom Italia