The conclusion of the Valero Texas Open marks the second Reshuffle of the 2013 PGA Tour season. These players have Masters week off to take a deep breath, reassess where they are and make game plans on how to tackle the next Reshuffle period. But there's a wrinkle this time: as with everything else in this shortened season, the next Reshuffle period is smaller than usual as well - four weeks instead of seven or eight - and that includes this week. So for the players on the brink needing to make a move, it'll be pedal to the metal to say the least.
Top 5 following the second Reshuffle:
1. Bill Horschel ($1,254,244) (clinched 2013-2014 PGA Tour card)
2. James Hahn ($718,738)
3. Luke Guthrie ($690,033)
4. Brian Stuard ($690,021)
5. David Lingmerth ($553,770)
Bottom 5 (non-medical):
1. Paul Haley II ($12,028)
2. Andres Gonzales ($0)
2. Andrew Svoboda ($0)
2. Bobby Gates ($0)
2. Donald Constable ($0)
Moving on to Greater Heights:
Billy Horschel - Besides winning a tournament, the greatest feeling for golfers on the Reshuffle List is clinching a tour card for the following season. It frees you up and allows you to go after wins, not merely solid finishes. This should help Horschel, who happens to have the Tour's longest active consecutive cuts made streak at 21. That means he's been in contention on the weekend consistently, and he was yet again last week in San Antonio but was passed by Martin Laird's sensational Sunday 63. With his Tour card for 2013-2014 locked up, he can now go after those elusive victories, and as his friend Tiger Woods told NBC's Notah Begay, as long as Horschel can keep his emotions in check, he has a great chance of doing that very, very soon.
Ben Kohles, $352,711, +13 spots - How good was Kohles' second reshuffle period? He went from a golfer in danger in our last column to now the biggest gainer. His earnings have him past the halfway point in terms of money likely needed to keep his card, and he afforded himself some more playing opportunities. He rose 13 spots to 12th on the list, his standing helped by consecutive top-15 finishes: a T7 in Tampa and a T14 at Bay Hill. With his game rounding into form, this could be a big spring for Kohles.
Darron Stiles, $121,632, +13 - Stiles, a PGA Tour veteran, jumped up 13 spots on the back of just one solid finish. His second reshuffle period results: T13-MC-MC. Helped by a sponsor, Honda, whose tournament had a big purse, that finish boosted him up to the 23rd spot on the list. That should give him some more playing opportunities, though fantasy owners may want to be wary of his inconsistency.
Fabian Gomez, $367,580, +12 - We spoke earlier this month about how Gomez's troubles on the 72nd hole in Puerto Rico cost him a shot at victory and led to major disappointment. All is not lost, however, and that's seen through his position at the end of the Reshuffle. First, he now sits 10th on the list. But more important, like Kohles, he's only one or two solid finishes away from securing playing privileges for 2013-2014, and when you can accomplish that in April or early May, that's a huge weight lifted off your shoulders.
Justin Bolli, $179,223, +12 - Bolli has a similar story, as his T4 in Puerto Rico rocketed him upward in the final standings. Bolli, however, made it only to 20th on the List and has made nearly $200K less than Gomez, so his task is harder. Also working against Bolli: since we last spoke his driving accuracy ranking has fallen to 44th, putting him now 139th in that category. Coupled with an all-around ranking of 156th, you see why Bolli needs to bring his best every single week.
Steve LeBrun, $64,201, +11 - LeBrun only played twice on the PGA Tour the last six weeks but played solidly enough in both those starts to move up 11 places on the list. He finished T24 in Puerto Rico and T37 in San Antonio, and that was with a total of zero weekend rounds in the 60s. That's a sign that he's starting faster than he was earlier in this season (he opened with 67-65 in Puerto Rico, for example), and if he can just string together four solid rounds you could see LeBrun's name on a weekend leaderboard fairly soon.
Scott Gardiner, $116,374, -11 - Gardiner got off to that great start at the Sony Open in Hawaii but has not fared well at all since. In fact, playing all six weeks of the second reshuffle period, he missed every single cut and failed to shoot one round in the 60s. While Masters week may give him a chance to reboot, fantasy players need to avoid Gardiner as his game has gone stone cold at the moment.
Patrick Reed, $267,746, -7 - Reed, known as Mr. Monday for his ability to Monday qualify for PGA Tour events last year, has cooled off since his T7 at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am in February. He missed his last four cuts, and his best finish over the last six weeks was a tie for 30th in Puerto Rico. His total earnings still have him in fairly good shape, and he is 16th in the standings, but he needs to improve on his driving accuracy to clinch his card, as he's only hitting 54 percent of his fairways.
Alistair Presnell, $86,471, -7 - Presnell's problem in the most recent Reshuffle period came from his inability to consistently make the weekend. Consider these results: withdrawal-MC-MC-MC-T61. He also hasn't shot a round better than 69 in that stretch. He's 27th on the Reshuffle List and will need to take advantage of any upcoming playing opportunities to avoid a trip to the Finals Series in August.
Peter Tomasulo, Medical, $78,362, -7 - When we last left Tomasulo, he had four starts left on the PGA Tour to earn $474,242 to move into the Major Medical Exemption category and get more playing opportunities this season. Well, he's had two starts since then, and the results haven't been what he needed. He missed the cut at the Shell Houston Open and tied for 61st at the Valero Texas Open. As a result, whenever those next two starts occur, Tomasulo will have to go really, really low to earn the big money he so desperately needs.
Michael Letzig, $12,993-7 - Letzig is now 42nd on the Reshuffle List, a precarious position to sit in a shortened season that requires strong play nearly every start. Letzig's problems began in the first reshuffle period, where he missed three cuts and had a T60 in his only other start. A poor starting spot on the Reshuffle List only exacerbated his problems, as that troublesome first period led to only two starts during the second one, where he promptly shot no round better than 69 and missed the cut in both Puerto Rico and San Antonio. Fantasy owners will pretty much want to avoid starting Letzig, as it's safe to assume his game may not be sharp in whatever playing opportunities he gets.
Also: D.H. Lee, $56,152, -7
The Not Nothing Man Anymore
Paul Haley II, $12,028 - While four non-medical players continue to have earned no money this season on the PGA Tour - Andres Gonzales, Andrew Svoboda, Bobby Gates and Donald Constable - Haley left that list courtesy of a 73rd-place finish last week at the Valero Texas Open. The good news: he's finally cashed a check. The bad news: it was a mighty small one at that and, sitting 44th in the Reshuffle List standings, his playing opportunities to improve that amount will be few and far between.