Figuring out the money list math


ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. – “I’ve got a question for you,” Spencer Levin said a few weeks ago, turning the tables on your correspondent.

Levin, who had just finished his final round at the Deutsche Bank Championship, wanted to know how much he needed to earn to finish 2010 inside the top 125 on the PGA Tour money list. At the time Levin was at about $750,000 in earnings, which would have been good enough to retain his card in eight of the past 10 seasons.

The math, however, seems to be working against Levin and some of the other “bubble boys” as the season turns toward home. Webb Simpson is currently 125th in earnings with $666,982 with four events remaining (including this week’s McGladrey Classic). Which means Levin’s cool $750K may be cutting it a tad close for a Tour-type’s comfort.

To most, however, the magic number is not even worth discussing at this point. “I’m so far back it’s not even worth thinking about,” said Jeff Gove, who is currently 209th in earnings.