Levin dismayed after Masters bid comes up short


LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. - Amid all the money list madness on Sunday at Disney, one cash crunch went largely unnoticed. Spencer Levin’s twisting 67-footer for birdie at the last at the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals Classic was a “bitter sweet” ending to a spirited charge that came up $16,927 short.

Levin ended the FedEx Cup portion of the schedule 35th on the money list. In a push to crack the top 30 and earn an invitation into next year’s Masters he played all four Fall Series events – finishing tied for fifth (Las Vegas), tied for seventh (Frys.com Open), tied for 32nd (Sea Island) and tied for 37th at (Disney).

Levin’s birdie at Disney’s last hole moved him to 7 under and up to 31st on the money list but even an additional birdie along the way wouldn’t have pushed him over the top-30 hump. Had he finished at 8 under he would have only earned about another $10,000. That didn’t stop Levin from playing the “what if” game.

“I think it was in Vegas I parred the last hole; in California I had about 8 feet, 10 feet on the last hole for birdie. I left it short. That would have done it right there,” Levin said. “Then I made bogey on the last hole last week (at the McGladrey Classic). I don't know how much that cost me, but probably cost me $8,000 or $9,000, $10,000.”

Levin can still qualify for next year’s Masters. If he cracks the top 50 in this year’s final world golf ranking (he’s currently No. 81 and is scheduled to play this week’s CIMB Asia Pacific Classic) and an early-season victory in 2012 will also earn him a spot in the year’s first major.