The fourth reshuffle of the 2012 PGA Tour season followed last weekend's play at the World Golf Championships - Bridgestone Invitational and the Reno-Tahoe Open. Here's how the Reshuffle List shook out.
TOP 5 (all have clinched 2013 PGA Tour cards):
1. Ken Duke - $1,419,296
2. Matt Every - $1,386,793
3. Seung-yul Noh - $1,286,644
4. Sang-moon Bae - $1,134,422
5. Daniel Summerhays - $1,027,305
BOTTOM 5 (non-medical):
44. Daniel Chopra - $66,886
45. Marco Dawson - $62,026
46. Edward Loar - $60,656
47. Stephen Gangluff - $48,252
48. Kyle Thompson - $6,660
Charlie Beljan (+24 spots) - As we wrote last month, Beljan's tie for 29th at the Travelers Championship and T3 at The Greenbrier Classic saved his season and gave him a $389K boost toward keeping his Tour card for 2013. He is still more than $300,000 short of that goal, and three missed cuts in his last four starts won't help his cause, but he used the fourth reshuffle period to his advantage, getting the biggest positive bump of any player.
Troy Kelly (+23) - Kelly was the third golfer who walked away a "winner" at Greenbrier (Beljan and tournament-winner Ted Potter Jr. being the other two). He is still one or two solid finishes short of truly ensuring that his earnings, nearly $748K, are good enough for a 2013 card, but he is definitely on the right track. In addition, Kelly continues to be a good fantasy sleeper, as he saw up close at Greenbrier what it takes to win on the PGA Tour.
Billy Hurley III (+18) - Now comfortable with his driver (he cracked his previous one in January), Hurley flourished in the most recent reshuffle period. Beginning with the Travelers Championship he had a four tournament stretch of T47-T4-MC -T8. Those four events alone banked nearly $355K and brought his season total to $465,210. Hurley's focus, however, should not be money but instead on his 147th place position in the current FedEx Cup standings. A good finish next week at the Wyndham Championship could vault him into the Top 125, giving him an opportunity in at least the first playoff event, The Barclays, which also happens to pay real well. A good finish there would not only allow him to advance in the postseason but would also put much needed green in the bank.
Alexandre Rocha (+17) - Rocha finished second to J.J. Henry on Sunday at the Reno-Tahoe Open. For his performance he earned a nice check worth $324K, nearly 26 times larger than his previous check this year. What does all this mean? Well, for one thing, he has given himself a much better chance to keep his card. Yes, like Hurley, he is one strong finish at the Wyndham away from the playoffs. But more important for Rocha, this should get him the additional fall playing opportunities he needs to lock up his card. That's what a 17-spot jump to 24th on the Reshuffle List gives you: control of your own destiny.
Jason Kokrak (-10) - Kokrak continues to struggle in his rookie campaign on the PGA Tour. He made only $35K and change during the most recent reshuffle period, was out of the money twice and sits 33rd on the list. He is 12th in driving distance on the PGA Tour, but his 173rd position on the driving accuracy list is not helping his cause. (Note: Jarrod Lyle also fell 10 spots on the Reshuffle List.)
Mark Anderson (-9) - The fact that the fourth reshuffle period contained two so-called opposite field events (events that take place the same weekend as the British Open and the World Golf Championships for players who don't qualify) helped Anderson and many others on this list get a couple crucial playing opportunities. Unfortunately for Anderson, he did nothing with the opportunity. His fourth reshuffle period results: MC-MC-MC-76-T64-MC-MC. He does have more than $364K in the bank from a strong string of spring golf, but he will most likely also need the fall to help keep his hopes of the 2013 PGA Tour card alive.
Miguel Angel Carballo (-8) - The 33-year old Argentinian has failed to put together consecutive good finishes this year, which has partly contributed to his 35th place standing on the Reshuffle List and just less than $250K earned. He has three top-30 finishes in 2012, but none were followed by another top-30 finish, and his eight missed cuts and one withdrawal (WD) have kept him out of the money in nearly half the tournaments he's entered. He is also no better than 76th in any of the PGA Tour's "standard statistics" (driving distance and accuracy, greens in regulation, strokes gained putting, etc.), which could very well be the source of the inconsistent results.
Tommy Biershenk (-8) - This is not how you make up ground on the Reshuffle List or the money list for that matter. Beginning with the U.S. Open: MC-MC-MC-T54-WD-MC-MC. That's seven tournaments and little more than $10.5K. The good news for Biershenk? With the FedEx Cup playoffs his unlikely next destination, he could use the ensuing five weeks to work on his game for the Fall Series.
Danny Lee (-8)
Kyle Reifers (-8)
Mathew Goggin (-8)
GOLFERS IN DANGER
Kyle Thompson - Well, Thompson finally earned some money for the 2012 PGA Tour season. The bad news for him is that it was only $6,660, and he continues to have more missed cuts (16) than FedEx Cup points (6). Yes, one week can completely change your season, but with no standard stat ranking better than 79th, we're getting to the point where 2012 is a lost year for Thompson.
Will Claxton - Claxton has made $696,040 this season and is about $80K away from locking up his PGA Tour card. At least the first FedEx Cup playoff event will be a go, so he will have an opportunity to play in four big money events to lock up his card. Fantasy owners take note: Claxton has lot of motivation to play well so he can secure his 2013 card, and then just relax and play golf. That could be good for your team.
Scott Brown - Brown very quietly had a nice reshuffle period, moving up seven spots and leaving himself about $350K short of a 2013 PGA Tour card. Over the last three months Brown finished seventh at the John Deere Classic and seven days later tied for fifth at the True South Classic.
Erik Compton - Compton, the double heart transplant recipient, had an up-and-down string of tournaments during the fourth reshuffle period, falling four spots to 28th on the list. He did nab a tie for 13th at the John Deere Classic and more than $81K, but he also missed three cuts and his next best finish was a T60. He has nearly $332,000 in the bank and needs to probably make another $420K or so more to lock up the card for 2013. Rest assured, we'll be seeing Compton this fall.
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