The 15th event in their 30-event season, the Dayton Open provides a good opportunity to see who the top performers are so far in 2003.
The first person on the list of things needed to be done to get bumped up onto the PGA Tour falls to Joe Ogilvie. Ironically though, it is Ogilvie who really doesn't have to do anything for the rest of the season, due to his huge lead on the Nationwide Tour money list.
With already more than $315,000 in winnings on the year, Ogilvie is virtually assured of a spot in the top 20 on the year-ending money list. The PGA Tour just this year raised the number of exemptions from 15 to 20.
Olgilvie is also the only player within one victory of receiving the PGA Tour's coveted 'Battlefield Promotion,' which grants immediate inclusion into the big leagues. A victory in the season-opening Jacob's Creek Open and a sweet win two weeks ago in the Reese's Cup Classic has the 29-year-old from Ohio one step away from the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.
Zach Johnson, who ranks second behind Ogilvie on the money list with roughly $270,000, has posted a remarkable seven top-10 finishes in his 11 starts. A win in only his second start of the year at the Rheem Classic is backed up with two runner-up finishes along with a pair of third-place finishes.
His two runner-up finishes have come in the past two weeks, the last one being a playoff loss in the Henrico County Open.
Jason Dufner currently resides on the hot seat, spot 20 on the money list, and leads No. 21 on the list , Daniel Chopra, by a mere $2,820.