The top 115 on the money list by seasons end will garner playing privileges in 2003. This weeks event is being contested at the Club de Campo in Madrid, Spain. Local favorite Miguel Angel Martin could certainly use some homeland support, as he currently resides in the 115th position.
On the other end, Maarten Lafeber of the Netherlands is No. 55 in earnings, with the top 55 following next weeks Italian Open earning their ways into the exclusive season finale.
Others like Englishman Lee Westwood (79) are trying to move inside the money line. Westwood trails Lafeber by roughly $100,000. First place pays just over $227,000.
Retief Goosen is the defending champion, having defeated Englands Steve Webster on the third playoff hole. Goosen is vying for his second consecutive Order of Merit title. He stands about $50,000 clear of fellow South African Ernie Els, who won last weeks unofficial Cisco World Match Play championship, but is absent this week.
Those in attendance include Irelands Padraig Harrington, Aussie Adam Scott, Paul Lawrie of Scotland and Spains Miguel Angel Jimenez.