Aug, 09, 2012; Kiawah Island, SC, USA; Nicolas Colsaerts, of Brussells Belguim, hits off the 1st tee during the 1st Round of the 94th PGA Championship at The Ocean Course of the Kiawah Island Golf Resort. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Chapman-US PRESSWIRE

Next Up: Open

As the 2012 Golf season winds down, there are a few tournaments left for players needing to pad their stats as well as their position on the PGA Money List. This is especially important  for people who are on the bubble for 2012 earnings, thus keeping them qualified for the 2013 season without having to go through the Q School.

The Professional Golf Association sponsors most of the tournaments held throughout the year. To be eligible for all of these tournaments without having to qualify each and every week, a player must have a Tour Card. There are several ways to get exemptions for these tournaments, but unless you are Tiger Woods, or Rory McIlroy, you have to qualify each year for this card.

In past years, and including the 2013 season, the easiest access to a tour card, is being in the top 125 on the Money List. This procedure will change for the 2014 season, and getting your tour card will involve playing on the Tour, and get eligibility there. This process will eliminate the hated Tour Q School. Open, like the Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospitals for Children, is another tournament that players can use to procure their Tour Card via the Money List.

The Open will begin on Thursday Morning at the CordeValle, which is a Robert Trent Jones designed Golf Course locate in Southern Santa Clara County California near the town of San Martin. The layout is 7360 yards, and plays to a par of 72. It has a 76.3 rating from the Tips, and a slope of 146. The tournament will include a $5 Million purse, with a winner payout of $900,000.

This is considered one of  Robert Trent Jones’ finest offerings, and was Golfweek 2010: Best Courses You Can Play, no. 7 in California 2010: Premier Resorts: Best in Your Area: California’s Best Golf, no. 4 & Best Lodging, no. 2.

Currently, Jeff Maggert is 125th on the money list, and those who are on the outside looking in, are Rod Pampling, Retief Goosen, Justin Leonard and John Daly. Just on the inside, are Boo Weekley, Trevor Immelman, Billy Mayfair, and David Mathis.

Entered in this tournament are John Daly, Ernie Els, and Ryder Cup Rookie from Team Europe, Nicolas Colsaerts. I think Colsaerts is setting the table for an entry to the PGA. As with numerous other players on the European Tour, I think Colsaerts wants to play in the US on a regular basis, and will soon seek a PGA tour card.


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