So Many to Root For


Just two rounds remain before we know whos headed to the PGA Tour in 2003. The storylines are terrific and it appears weve got an unpredictable finish ahead of us.
I say that because of what veteran PGA Tour member Jay Delsing did on Friday. After 17 years and countless opportunities in this game, he may just be on the way to another chance at the highest level. His
course-record 63 was not only unbelievable but also unthinkable when the week began. The Senator Course at the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail here in Prattville, Ala., is the longest played on any professional tour to date (7,656 yards).

And Delsing made it look like his own personal playground. Birdie at the 18th would have given him the course record, instead he made eagle with an improbable hole-out that sent a strong message to the rest of the 54-man field. Its there if you want it.
And apparently Delsing is going to go after it. At 19th on the Buy.Com Tour money list coming into the week, Delsing needed to finish third or higher to have a chance and hes right in position to do it. At weeks beginning, the St. Louis, Mo., resident realized patience would be the key, and after opening with 73, he apparently proved that hanging in there will allow you to hang around the lead come Sunday.
And what about the Todd Barranger storyline which has everybody talking. After opening with 65 on Thursday, Barranger treaded through the mist to keep his hopes of winning alive. Barranger is 15th on the money list. Ironically, its the same position he held at this event last year.
But the results are far different heading to the weekend this time around. Barrangers opening 85 in 2001 kept him from the PGA Tour. This year he appears ready to grab a card with two hands and a smile. Its hard not to root for that story to come true.
Aside from those two, why not pull for 21-year old Aaron Baddeley. This kids a cant miss talent who had designs on playing the PGA Tour
full-time by the age guessed it...21. Hes at 4-under-par and says thats a great place to be.
No worries, quipped the young Aussie. My real goal is to win. I havent done that yet this year out here.
And theres Jason Gore, whos got a PGA Tour card wrapped up but wants
a win this week and the Buy.Com Tour money title that would come along with it. Hes playing like he means business. As is Mike Heinen, the former winner at the Shell Houston Open. Heinen plays so fast you might miss his quest at jumping into the top-15 if youre not paying close attention. I like his odds on a very difficult course.
Great fun, this Buy.Com Tour Championship ' and I cant wait to see who were talking to about the Road to the PGA Tour come Sunday.
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