Bubble Watch: McGladrey Classic


With two events remaining in the 2012 season, the race is heating up for players looking to end the year inside the top 125 on the money list - and earn the coveted 2013 PGA Tour card that comes with that distinction. Here is a quick look at some of the players in the field for this week's McGladrey Classic who will be looking to play their way onto the right side of the bubble:

126. Kevin Chappell: Currently residing in the spot no player wants to occupy at season's end, Chappell trails No. 125 Billy Mayfair by $1,413 with two events remaining. He has played impressively in each of the last two U.S. Opens - T-3 at Congressional, T-10 at the Olympic Club - but has not recorded any other top-10 finishes this year. He comes to Sea Island having missed the weekend in four consecutive starts, including each of the last two weeks. Chappell will hope to play his way inside the number this week, but if necessary he knows a good finish at the season-ending Children's Miracle Network Hospitals Classic is possible - he finished T-3 at Disney a year ago.

127. Gary Christian: Playing a full season on the PGA Tour for the first time, the 41-year-old Christian is currently $3,504 shy of a card for 2013. He compiled a string of four top-20 finishes in five events this summer, peaking with a T-10 finish at the RBC Canadian Open. His five starts since that event, though, have gotten progressively worse - T-21 in Reno, T-37 in Greensboro, T-46 at The Barclays, T-68 in Las Vegas and a missed cut at last week's Frys.com Open. Christian will need to reverse that trend if he hopes to avoid Q-School later this fall.

130. Chez Reavie: A year ago, Reavie nearly claimed a FedEx Cup playoff event - and a two-year exemption - before ultimately losing in a playoff to Webb Simpson at the Deutsche Bank Championship. This year, thanks in large part to a stretch of six straight missed cuts from the Zurich Classic to the U.S. Open, Reavie finds himself fighting to keep his card. He has made seven of eight cuts since Olympic, though, with three top-20 finishes including a T-16 showing last week at CordeValle. He now faces a $40,486 deficit with two events remaining as he looks to avoid moving from inside the top 40 to outside the top 125 in the span of a calendar year.

132. Tim Petrovic: Entering the final round at CordeValle, Petrovic was resigned to his fate far outside the top 125. But a Sunday 64 led to a T-2 finish last week - and more importantly, a $440,000 check - and now Petrovic finds himself only $53,499 from full-time status for next year. He has played in fewer events than many of his fellow bubble-dwellers (only seven made cuts in 15 starts in 2012), and had only two top-40 finishes prior to last week's runner-up. Petrovic now has renewed hope, though, and two opportunities to record a single finish high enough to jump into the top 125.

152. Camilo Villegas: Four years since claiming the Tour Championship and finishing second in the FedEx Cup points race, Villegas is now facing the very real possibility of Q-School. The Colombian has yet to record a top-10 finish in 2012 and has only been inside the top 25 three times in 23 starts this year. As a result, Villegas has opted to take part in the Fall Series for the first time in his career in hopes of retaining playing privileges for 2013. Although his finishes from the first two events were respectable (T-30 at Shriners, T-29 at Frys.com) he will need much better results across his next two starts in order to close the $193,601 gap currently separating him from the 125th spot.