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Turning Stone Resort ChampionshipVERONA, New York - With year one of the FedExCup in the rearview mirror, the focus for the PGA TOUR turns to the Fall Series.
There are seven events in the fall finish. Players will compete in those seven events for various reasons.
You'll see players like 2005 Rookie of the Year Sean O'Hair trying to improve upon his world ranking status (currently 71st) and his rank on the money list (now 54th) with the hopes of gaining eligibility towards next year's majors.
The Masters takes the top 30 from the final 2007 money list and the top 50 from the final Official World Golf Ranking for 2007. Players can get into the U.S. Open by finishing in the top 30 on the final 2007 money list.
The British Open takes the top 20 of the previous year's PGA TOUR money list and the PGA Championship takes winners of tournaments co-sponsored or approved by the PGA TOUR.
Or you will see guys like Steve Allan, No. 125 on the money list, or Bill Haas, 126th on the money list, trying to get into the top-125 to secure their tour card for next season.
The field at the Turning Stone Resort Championship is not completely devoid of big-name talent either. Two players -- Robert Allenby and John Rollins -- played last weekend at the TOUR Championship.
You will also see Nick Flanagan, who will make his debut as a tour member this week. Flanagan won three times this year on the Nationwide Tour to gain an automatic promotion to the PGA TOUR.
Atunyote hosted the B.C. Open last year, when Rollins won, but this is considered a new event so Rollins is not considered the defending champion.
Now that we are into the fall finish, the Golf Channel will have three hours of coverage all four days of the championship.
Next week, 12 of the best from the PGA TOUR take on 12 top international players in the Presidents Cup. The event will be played at Royal Montreal, marking the first time it will be played in Canada.
The remainder of the PGA TOUR moves to Mississippi for the Viking Classic, which was the Southern Farm Bureau Classic last year. D.J. Trahan took down Joe Durant in a playoff to win that title in 2006.
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