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Retief Goosen hoisted the Chrysler Championship trophy Sunday, but he wasnt the only winner at the Westin Innisbrook Resort.
With this being the final full-field event of the season, players were battling one final time for a spot in the Tour Championship; an invitation into the Masters; their PGA Tour cards for 2004; and limited status for next season.
Glen Hnatiuk tied for 49th at the Chrysler, but had to leave feeling like a champion. He was the only player who started the week outside the top 125 but finished on the inside.
Hnatiuk shot 74 Sunday, yet it was good enough to move him from 130th to 124th on the money list.
Of course, that meant someone had to fall outside of the magical number. And that person was Per-Ulrik Johansson.
Johansson, who entered the week 125th on the money list, missed the cut and dropped to No. 126.
Dicky Pride, who started the tournament ranked 126th, also missed the cut and fell to No. 127.
Esteban Toledo had the weekend off as well. He was involved in a controversy when he was disqualified from last weeks Funai Classic.
Toledos playing companion at Disney, Marco Dawson, told tour officials that Toledo had taken an improper drop in the second round. Officials agreed and disqualified Toledo last Sunday for signing an incorrect scorecard.
Toledo, who would have tied for 30th at Disney, missed the cut this week, but it didnt prove too costly. He dropped only two spots from No. 123 to No. 125.
Players who finish inside the top 125 receive full exempt status on tour for the following season. Those who finish from 126-150 earn limited status that will get them into roughly 20 tournaments in 2004.
Thomas Levet needed to get a solo fifth-place finish or better this week to move into the top 125. He entered the week at No. 153, and at one point on Sunday was in a two-way tie for third place.
However, the Frenchman, who lost in a four-way playoff to Ernie Els in the 2002 British Open, shot 1-under 70 to tie for sixth. It didnt get him his card for 04, but it was enough to secure conditional status for next season as he finished 133rd in earnings.
Had Levet birdied his final hole he would have bumped out Toledo for No. 125. He made par.
Jose Coceres needed a strong finish Sunday to move from his 160th position. Instead, he shot 75 and dropped from a tie for fifth place as the day began into a tie for 17th.
The 2001 Disney winner could only move to 153rd on the money list.
Chris Anderson and Darron Stiles, both of who missed the cut this week, fell out of the top 150. Mike Grob, who finished 68th, crept into the 150 position, just over $2,000 ahead of Stiles.
On the Tour Championship front, Rocco Mediate was the man on the bubble and had to watch it burst from the sidelines.
Mediate missed the Chrysler cut, thanks to his ailing back. He was supplanted in the season finale by Briny Baird. Baird shot 1-over 72 in the final round to finish in solo third place. The paycheck was enough to move him into 22nd place.
Mediate fell from 30th to 31st.
PGA champion Shaun Micheel missed his opportunity to climb into the top 30 when he missed the cut. He started the week at No. 31, less than $6,000 behind Mediate, but shot 75-74 to end up in 32nd place.
Fred Couples, like Mediate, was also a victim of his chronically bad back. He was forced to withdraw after playing only two holes of his Wednesday pro-am. He started the week 32nd on the money list and was trying to make the Tour Championship for the first time since 1998.
His failure to do so was even more painful given the fact that this years event is being contested in Houston, Texas, where he attended college and won this years Shell Houston Open.
Phil Mickelson also missed qualifying for the season finale for the first time in a decade. Needing a clutch performance this week, he shot 80-74 to miss the cut.
The lefthander finished a dismal season without a victory and 38th in earnings (his worst showing since his rookie year of 1992).
The top 40 players on the season-ending money list, not otherwise exempt, gained a spot into the 2004 Masters Tournament.
Tim Petrovic tied for fourth to jump from 41st to 36th and earn his first trip to Augusta National.
Jeff Sluman tied for 13th to move into 40th place. He also will be going to the seasons first major.
Sluman bogeyed the 17th and 18th holes and had to wait to see what Coceres and Loren Roberts did on the 72nd hole. If either player made birdie, Sluman would miss on his bid for a return trip to Augusta. Both, however, made bogey.
Rory Sabbatini and John Huston were bumped from the top 40. Neither player is currently exempt into the Masters.
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