John Feinstein - November 7, 2012


He is a fan of the season-ending Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals Classic because of the storylines involving the top 125 and top 150 on the Money List. Camilo Villegas, who only a few years ago was a can’t miss player, is 150th on the Money List and in danger of losing his PGA TOUR card. Villegas and many other players who have had success in the past are fighting for their jobs this week and that is what makes this event fascinating. It is far more significant in his opinion to watch a player fight for the top 125 than to watch a player fight for the top 30 or top 70 on the Money List. The players who end up outside of the  top 125 go back to Q-School and/or the Tour and some of them go on to have future success. Steve Stricker is just one example of a player who had success, struggled, went back to Q-School, and then returned to prominence.

When asked Blayne Barber’s decision to disqualify himself from the First Stage of Q-School six days after the end of that stage, Feinstein said Barber’s main problem was not that he reported the problem late. His main problem was that he penalized himself incorrectly. It is unfortunate that Barber was late in informing the PGA TOUR but the right thing did happen ultimately. It is for the benefit of all players involved to ask an official about the rules if there is any uncertainty.