The PGA Tour shuffle


The race within the race on the PGA Tour, at least for Nationwide Tour and Q-School grads, reached the quarter pole on Monday when the circuit “reshuffled” the category based on each player’s earnings.

Gary Woodland, who lost in a playoff at the Bob Hope and finished T-5 at TPC Scottsdale, made the biggest jump in the category, which essentially decides how many events a Nationwide and Q-School grad can play. The big-hitting former college basketball player earned $675,526 to jump from 21st to first and all but assured himself crucial starts later in the season.

Keegan Bradley (26th to second), Zack Miller (15th to third) and Steven Bowditch (32nd to eighth) also helped themselves in the first reshuffle, while Hunter Haas, who finished no better than 35th in six West Coast events, plummeted from fourth to 19th in the category.