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Two players skip Finals, drop in priority

Will Wilcox at the 2013 Utah Championship
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An interesting side note to Sunday’s action at the Tour Championship was how the top 25 regular-season money winners fared in the four-event qualifying process.

Those players were already assured status on the Tour next season but their priority ranking, which dictates which events they can play, was determined by their play in the four-event Finals.

Will Wilcox (pictured), who finished seventh in regular-season earnings, and Benjamin Alvarado (No. 19) were particularly hurt by the reordering. Neither played an event in the Finals and will begin next season Nos. 49 and 50, respectively, in the priority category out of 50 players.

Wilcox’s manager Drew Carr of Fidelity Sports Group told that Wilcox needed some time off after making the cut in his last 14 events of the season and “is in a good place.”

Alvarado, who signed up to play the finale but withdrew last week before play began, has been nursing a left-knee injury since missing the cut in the Boise Open in July. The 28-year-old was at TPC Sawgrass on Sunday to attend the Tour’s rookie orientation meeting on Monday.