Clock Approaching the 11th Hour


2005 Chrysler ChampionshipThis was supposed to be it. A quick drive down from Lake Buena Vista to Tampa, play 72 more holes, and thats all she wrote for the 2005 season ' save for 30 select players.
But this weeks Chrysler Championship will be the penultimate full-field event on the PGA Tour. The ultimate honors now belong to the Southern Farm Bureau Classic, which was delayed four weeks due to Hurricane Katrina.
Tag Ridings
Tag Ridings is again hoping that he can earn his card at the Chrysler Championship.
With Hurricane Wilma now having come and gone, the Westin Innisbrook Resort is set to host a field that features the likes of defending champion Vijay Sigh, 2003 winner Retief Goosen, David Toms, Davis Love III, Adam Scott, John Daly and Mike Weir.
Its a big week for some of those latter names. Love, Scott, Daly and Weir are all trying to avoid going winless on tour this season. Scott did get a trophy at this years Nissan Open, but he didnt get credit for an official victory, as the event was rain-reduced to 36 holes.
For the players previously mentioned, this week is all about restoring some pride. For so many others, its all about securing playing status for next season ' or even next week.
A year ago, the Chrysler was the final full-field event, and there was plenty of moving and shaking on the money list.
Most notably, Tag Ridings took the final fully-exempt spot. He shot 64 in the final round to tie for 11th in the tournament, and move into the 125th position.
Kenny Perry shot 67 that Sunday to move from 31st to 29th in earnings and qualify for the following weeks Tour Championship, which is on offer to the top 30 on the money list.
A little further down the list, Jesper Parnevik snatched away a Masters spot from Joey Sindelar, thanks to some help from Tommy Armour III.
Armour missed a 3-foot putt on the final hole to fall into a second-place tie with Parnevik. That gave the Swede an extra $100,000 and allowed him to bump Sindelar, who had missed the cut, from the 40th position. The top 40 at seasons end get an invitation to the following years Masters, and Sindelar hadnt been since 93.
Around the 150 number, Jeff Brehaut birdied his final hole to make enough money to move from 152nd to 149th. That gave him conditional status on tour for 2005 and gave him a pass into the final stage of Q-school, where he eventually tied for 13th to earn his card for this year.
Last week, Lucas Glover moved into the top 30 by virtue of his victory at Disney. Geoff Ogilvy also crept inside thanks to his tie for third. Jason Bohn and Peter Lonard were the unfortunate players who fell outside the Tour Championship's exempt number.
Around the 125 line, Rich Beem and Rocco Mediate were the only players to move from the outside in. Beem is exempt through 2007 due to his 2002 PGA Championship victory. Mediate, however, needs to finish inside the 125 to secure his card -- he's 125 right now. Kirk Triplett and Ridings were the two players who fell out.
Mark Wilson is at No. 131. He moved up 20 spots thanks to his tie for 10th. He -- and so many others -- will be looking to make another big move this week.
Related Links:
  • PGA Tour Money List
  • Full Coverage - Chrysler Championship