PGA Tour cards at stake in finale


This week's Cox Classic marks the final event of the 2013 Tour regular season, and also serves as the final opportunity for players to move into the top 25 of the season-long money list and secure a PGA Tour card for the 2013-14 season.

As has been the case for several years, 'The 25' at season's end will graduate to the PGA Tour for the following year. However, with the advent of the PGA Tour's wraparound schedule that has the 2013-14 season beginning in October, the year's top players will still head to the four-event Tour Finals to determine a final status pecking order.

With PGA Tour cards assured, the top 25 after this week's event in Omaha will be joined in the finals by Nos. 26-75 on the Tour money list as well as those ranked Nos. 126-200 in the final FedEx Cup standings. Across the four-event series, an additional 25 cards will be up for grabs and those advancing to the PGA Tour will be ranked 1-50, based solely on the money they earn during finals, to determine pecking order for next season.

With one regular-season event remaining, former UCLA standout Patrick Cantlay holds to the 25th spot on the money list, just $2,807 ahead of Wes Roach. Here's a look at the bubble boys heading into Omaha:

23. Ashley Hall $138,618

24. Matthew Goggin $137,477

25. Patrick Cantlay $135,105

26. Wes Roach $132,298

27. Whee Kim $132,018

28. Scott Parel $128,957

With this week's winner taking $144,000 from an $800,000 purse, the opportunity exists to make a move up the standings with a stellar week at Champions Run.

Another race is also on for the top overall spot on the season-long money list, where Michael Putnam currently holds a $37,735 lead over Ben Martin. Should Putnam retain the top spot at week's end, he'll automatically earn one of the top two positions on next year's status list (along with the overall money winner from the upcoming finals) as well as a berth in the 2014 Players Championship next May.