SAN DIEGO – Beyond the clichés of how a victory can be life changing on the PGA Tour, Jhonattan Vegas’ playoff triumph at last week’s Bob Hope Classic is a study in how dramatic a “W” can actually be.
When Vegas arrived in San Diego for this week’s Tour stop late Monday his reality had changed dramatically, from a rookie scrambling to play whenever and where ever he could to an established up and comer with a blank canvas.
His victory assured him a spot in at least eight events he would not have been eligible for, including this year’s Masters, PGA Championship, Players, Arnold Palmer Invitational, Heritage, Colonial, Memorial and AT&T National. He will also likely earn a spot in the field at next month’s WGC-Cadillac Championship if he stays in the top 10 in FedEx Cup points through March 7 (he’s currently second) and the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational later this year.
Vegas was meeting with his managers from Blue Giraffe Sports on Tuesday to map out a new schedule in a dramatically different world.