Christmas in March


For Nationwide Tour and Q-School graduates, Monday is like Christmas in March. Or a trip to the dentist, depending on how well you played on the West Coast.

For the likes of Rickie Fowler, Alex Prugh and Brian Stuard, the stocking is filled with Tour dollars which translate into more playing opportunities as the circuit comes east. While Garth Mulroy and Chris Tidland welcomed a staff bag full of coal as the circuit’s first reshuffle of the grads came and went.

In practical terms, the play of Prugh and Stuard – who jumped from 30th and 39th on the reshuffle list to second and fifth, respectively – assures the duo of one or two extra starts before the next reshuffle. As for Fowler, who jumped from 33rd in the category to first thanks in large part to his runner-up showing last week in Scottsdale, Ariz., the move was helpful, but his high-profile name probably would have assured him enough starts.

As for Tidland and Mulroy the next few months could be unfortunately quiet. Tidland has earned about $45,000 in five events and dropped from 10th to 25th, while Mulroy has missed the cut in all five of his starts and plummeted to 45th.