LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – Rickie Fowler’s bid to win his PGA Tour card without going to Q-School will require a strong finish Sunday at the Children’s Miracle Network Classic.
How strong? That all depends on who else finishes strong.
Fowler’s 3-under-par 69 Saturday leaves him tied for 31st in the final PGA Tour event of the year.
With $553,700 in earnings in his first two Tour starts as a pro, Fowler stands the equivalent of 135th on the money list. He needs to finish among the top 125 to win exempt status. He starts Sunday $70,124 behind No. 125 (David Duval) on the money list. If the No. 125 money didn’t change (it will), Fowler would have to finish solo 18th place or better in the tournament. In reality, a top-10 finish or better may be required to secure his card.
If Fowler doesn’t crack the top 125 on the money list, he should finish among the top 150 and earn a pass to the final stage of Q-School.