Here's where the fun begins. Because 2013 is a shortened season, there's pressure on Reshuffle List players they would not find in another year. It's a year to pounce, be aggressive and get in position to keep your card because before you know it, the end of the season will be here.
U.S. Open week marked the next-to-last reshuffle of the 2013 season. The final one is the Monday of the Open Championship. After that the mission becomes pretty clear: finish the regular season (after the Wyndham Championship) in the Top 125 in FedEx Cup points and you play for the $10 million grand prize in the playoffs. Finish in the Top 125 on the money list and you get a card for 2013-14. Fail to do either and The Finals is your next stop where four tournaments will decide your fate.
With that in mind, here are the golfers who either helped or hurt their cause in the last reshuffle period:
TOP 5 (all have clinched their PGA Tour cards for 2013-2014)
1. David Lingmerth, $1,363,206
2. Luke Guthrie, $910,163
3. James Hahn, $782,186
4. Brian Stuard $766,349
5. Richard H. Lee, $679,786
BOTTOM 5 (non-medical)
41. Andrew Svoboda, $30,966
42. Michael Letzig, $29,152
43. Jeff Gove, $24,281
44. Andres Gonzales, $11,172
45. Donald Constable, $0
Morgan Hoffmann, + 16, $388,780 - As Rickie Fowler's roommate, Hoffmann has lived around talent, and maybe that's starting to rub off on the rookie as he gets his footing on the PGA Tour. His big move in this reshuffle period was courtesy of a T5 at the Byron Nelson Championship, which netted him $244,550. He only made two other starts - finishing 69th at Colonial and a missed cut in Memphis - but the one big finish was good enough for the biggest move of the last five weeks.
Chez Reavie, +14, $386,679 - Reavie's move to 17th on the list was helped by a run of T21-T11-T27 over the last month that gave him his three highest monetary finishes of 2013. Also aiding his recent run of good play is his driver, as he ranks fifth on the PGA Tour in driving accuracy at slightly over 69 percent. Still needing about $300K to secure his playing privileges for next season, Reavie - and Hoffmann too for that matter - could be someone to put on fantasy your team as a sleeper for the next Reshuffle period.
Justin Bolli, +13, 528,207 - Nearly 61 percent of Boll's 2013 winnings are from one finish: his fourth last month at the Byron Nelson Championship. His final round of 65, which helped nab him the top-5 finish, is a microcosm of Bolli's biggest strength of 2013. Of the stats listed on PGATour.com, Bolli's best is final-round scoring average - 69.00 - where he's third; that's knowing how to finish.
Shawn Stefani, +9, $413,570 - Like Fabian Gomez earlier this season, not getting the win at the FedEx St. Jude Classic stings, but the T7 did put nearly $180K into Stefani's wallet that should make him feel at least somewhat better. It put him at somewhere around $200K away from safely securing his card for 2013-2014. More importantly, however, was the experience that being in contention in crunch time gave him for the future.
Patrick Reed, +9, $572,477 - Reed needed this. Badly. His fifth-place finish in Memphis added $228K to his wallet and continued a stretch of five finishes in the money in his last eight starts. After a stretch where Pebble Beach was his only bright spot, Reed has quietly put himself in position where he's only one solid finish away from keeping his Tour card (and of securing his place in the FedEx Cup playoffs, which also secures one's card). That's a big-time improvement.
Ben Kohles, -6, $378,491 - Kohles' reshuffle period featured a mostly-negative mixed bag of two missed cuts and two times in the money. Why mostly negative? His two made cuts were finishes of T62 and T63, not allowing himself any chances of moving upward or toward his Tour card, from which he's probably about $250K away.
D.H. Lee, -6, $350,330 - Lee went T43-withdrawl-missed cut during the last reshuffle period, a disappointing stretch considering he had two top-20 finishes at the tail end of the previous one. This six-place drop - back to 19th - is not the end of the world for Lee, as he's in fairly good financial shape and is only 15 spots out of the final FedEx Cup Playoffs position. Still, he'll need to turn his game around if he wants to ensure a spot for 2013-2014.
Ross Fisher, -6, $298,992 - Fisher, who holds cards on both the PGA and European PGA Tours, only competed in one PGA Tour event during the last reshuffle period, missing the cut at the FedEx St. Jude Classic.
Brad Fritsch, -5, $347,621 - Fritsch made the weekend in both events he played during this reshuffle period - the Nelson and Memphis - but neither finish was of any great quality, as he completed the tournaments in 77th and 56th places respectively. Why hasn't he had a top 10 since San Diego in January? It may be because of his putter, as he ranks in 109th place in strokes gained putting. Still, his better finishes in the earlier part of 2013 have him one finish away from clinching both his card and his playoff position, which shows how close one can be to being in the realm of greatness.
Robert Streb, -5, $342,368 - Unfortunately for Streb, his troubles in this most recent reshuffle period are part of a continuing trend. Going back to April he's only been in the money once - a T39 in Memphis - and his best finish was a T18 in Puerto Rico in March. The beginning of his year was strong, however, four top-25s over the season's first three months. So despite all his recent struggles, Streb is in striking distance of maintaining his playing privileges.
THE NOTHING MEN UPDATE
Andres Gonzales - A tie for 71st at the FedEx St. Jude Classic resulted in a cashed check for Gonzales, who had missed the cut in his previous nine starts. However it's just $11,172, meaning that a trip to The Finals is the best for which Gonzales can hope. Merely one more reasonable finish clinches that fate.
Donald Constable - Constable is this year's Kyle Thompson, the lone non-medical Reshuffle List member still struggling to make a single dollar on the season. Nine events played so far, nine missed cuts. Why so many struggles? Well, consider he's 183rd in total driving, 151st in greens in regulation and 64th in strokes gained putting. That is not combination good enough to be consistent on the PGA Tour.