ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. – Webb Simpson added the McGladrey Classic to his schedule in an attempt to overtake Luke Donald for the top spot on the money list, but according to various sources the Englishman may not be done with the PGA Tour this year.
Simpson trails Donald by $68,972, which means he will probably have to finish in the top 15 at Sea Island Resort to claim the cash crown and, with it, a five-year Tour exemption.
“I think to have your job secure for five years is pretty important,” Simpson said. “I've got a three-year exemption right now, but any time you can get five, this game is crazy, you've seen guys play great their whole career but maybe other guys are up and down. So you never know.”
When Simpson committed to the McGladrey his manager said they would decide later if he would play the season finale at Disney. But according to sources, Donald may change his plans and play Disney as well.
Donald is also vying for the European Tour’s Order of Merit and Race for Dubai title. He is not in the field at this week’s Portugal Masters. Donald has said he would consider playing Disney but his wife, Diane, is expecting the couple’s second child in about four weeks which could make a trip back to the United States difficult.
Both players have until 5 p.m. (ET) on Friday to commit to Disney.