We're just about halfway between the PGA Tourís third and fourth reshuffle. Consequently, it is a good time to take stock of who's doing well and who needs to get moving.
(The + or - is how many spots the player would gain or lose if the reshuffle occurred today.)
Ted Potter Jr., Graduated, $1,284,518: Potter had a breakthrough win at The Greenbrier Classic two weeks ago, where he beat Troy Kelly in a playoff for his first PGA Tour victory. As a result, he joins John Huh as players no longer on the Reshuffle List and is now in the exempt group with others who have won a tournament in the last two years. His goals can change completely now. He sits 53rd in the FedEx Cup points standings, so Potter can take aim on amassing as many points as possible to get into the Tour Championship and play for the $35 million bonus pool.
Martin Flores, +2, $818,839: Why are we spotlighting someone who would only rise two positions if the reshuffle occurred today? Because the Top 125 on the money list cut off has only been above $800K once. Translation: Floresí sixth-place finish at The Greenbrier Classic two weeks ago, in all likelihood, locked up his 2013 PGA Tour card. Sitting at 72nd on the FedEx Cup points standings, Flores also can start thinking about bigger goals involving the playoffs.
Troy Kelly, +26, $740,444: To say Kelly needed that playoff loss at The Greenbrier would be an understatement. His best finish outside the P2: tie for 37th at the Mayakoba Golf Classic. Now he sits 90th on the money list and is probably just $40K or so away from locking up his PGA Tour card for 2013. What a difference one strong finish can make.
Brian Harman, no change, $731,960: Much of the focus this year has been on golfís primary two lefties - Phil Mickelson and Bubba Watson - but another southpaw is having a very solid year. In 22 events, Harman has five top-20s, including a T11 at the AT&T National and a tie for 12th at The Honda Classic. More important, he has had his name on PGA Tour leaderboards all year, which in turn has given him valuable experience under the brightest of spotlights. He is probably around $50K or so away from clinching his 2013 Tour Card and by being 87th in the FedEx Cup point standings, he is in line to get even more valuable experience in the playoffs.
Billy Hurley III, +22, $465,210: Golf is tough enough when you're comfortable with your equipment; try playing it when you canít find a driver you feel good with when over the ball. Hurley told CBS Sports last Saturday that he cracked his driver in Hawaii in January and did not find a suitable replacement until very recently. The results show exactly that. Pre-AT&T National: 12 missed cuts, with his best finish T32. From the AT&T National on: T4-MC-T8. Fantasy owners should keep an eye on Hurley because he has all the talent in the world and is just now hitting his stride.
Charlie Beljan, +27, $416,738: Beljan finished two shots out of the playoff at The Greenbrier but arguably saved his season with the T3. He has had more missed cuts than made cuts (seven versus five), and his previous best finish was a tie for 48th in Puerto Rico. Now he is about two-thirds of the way toward keeping his card for 2013, only 25 spots out of the FedEx Cup playoffs, which should give him renewed momentum heading into the regular seasonís stretch run.
Brendon Todd, -6, $403,830: Toddís season started strongly with three top-15 finishes in the seasonís first three months, but he has struggled since, missing 10 cuts and having a best finish of T46. He has made more than $400K and is over halfway toward keeping his card for 2013, but he needs to turn his season around fast or heíll be headed to Q-school or the Web.com Tour at yearís end.
Mark Anderson, -6, $299,662: Anderson made the weekend in eight of his first nine events. The problem is that his only two top-25s in 2012, a T16 at the Mayakoba Golf Classic and a T13 at the RBC Heritage, account for just over half his total season earnings. Couple that with seven missed cuts in his last eight starts and you see why Anderson is sitting precariously at No. 152 on the money list and 151st place on the FedEx Cup points list. If he fails to turn it around quickly he will be staring at fewer playing opportunities following the fourth reshuffle the Monday of PGA Championship week in August and will be forced to use autumn to keep his card.
Jason Kokrak, -7, $242,296: Buoyed by a three-tournament February stretch in which he made more than $207,000, Kokrak was in a decent place on the Reshuffle List following the second reshuffle. However, since the beginning of the third reshuffle period he has missed eight cuts, and his best finish is just T57. The result: unless he recovers he will also have to do more in fewer events and be looking at the PGA Tourís Fall Series as his only hope for staying in the big league in 2013.
Kyle Thompson, +1, $0: Last month we spotlighted Thompson, who at the time had made no money this year on the PGA Tour. A month later and he is still in the same boat:15 events, 14 missed cuts, one withdrawal, $0 earned. He has played four of the last five PGA Tour events but missed the cut in all, shooting just one round in the 60s, a 68 in the second round at the Travelers Championship in Hartford. If the reshuffle occurred today he would only move up on the list because a previously-injured player failed to retain his Tour card in the necessary number of events. Obviously, his 2012 continues to be a major struggle.