When Henrik Stenson made par on the 72nd hole at East Lake Golf Club on Sunday to win the Tour Championship and the FedEx Cup, the 2013 PGA Tour season came to a close.
For some players, this begins a welcome respite, as those who made the playoffs and secured their cards for next season can plan their schedules as they please and figure out when they'll tee it up for the first time in their quest to make next season's playoffs. For others, like those in the Web.com Tour Finals, this week ends their season, with some 15 PGA Tour cards still up for grabs.
The next two weeks we'll chart how the Reshuffle List players who made the playoffs and The Finals fared. First up, the lucky ones: those in the playoffs who got to worry about a $35 million bonus pool rather than their careers.
No Reshuffle List players cracked the top 30 on the points list, which would have automatically sent them to next year's Masters in addition to being able to vie for the $10 million grand prize. However, a couple had some very nice runs:
Made the BMW Championship:
Matt Jones - 32nd
Nicholas Thompson - 60th
Jones nearly punched a ticket to Atlanta with two weekend rounds of 67 at Conway Farms but came up just two spots short. Still, he made more than $1.7 million in 2013, extremely impressive for someone who didn't win a tournament. He rose five spots in the points standings over the course of the playoffs.
Thompson, meanwhile, had two top-10s and seven top-25s this year on tour, but his playoff finishes of T50-T22-T44 weren't enough to get him to East Lake. It was Thompson's best season since 2008, a year where he tied for second at the now-defunct Ginn sur Mer Classic and earned more than $1 million.
Made the Deutsche Bank Championship:
David Lingmerth - 75th
Luke Guthrie - 90th
Brian Stuard - 92nd
Richard H. Lee - 96th
Erik Compton - 99th
The most disappointed player in this group has to be Lingmerth, who entered the playoffs 45th and had two second-place finishes in 2013 - a playoff loss at the Humana Challenge and the tie for second at The Players. But having to withdraw from the Barclays and then missing the cut at TPC Boston after rounds of 75-72 ended any chances of getting to Atlanta and competing for $10 million. Still, he established himself as a viable player on the PGA Tour and someone who from all indications appears to have a bright future ahead.
Stuard will also be bummed about his playoff run, where he entered 78th and failed to make any progress whatsoever. His issue was a missed cut at The Barclays, which put him behind the eight-ball. Still, he'll be pleased with a shade more than $1 million in earnings and four top-10s in his second go-around on the PGA Tour.
Failed to advance past The Barclays:
James Hahn - 110th
Justin Hicks - 116th
Morgan Hoffmann - 117th
Chez Reavie - 118th
D.H. Lee - 119th
Scott Langley - 122nd
Steven Bowditch - 124th
Hahn is the name that sticks out here, as he had a torrid start, became a viral sensation and then tailed off majorly toward the end of the regular season and playoffs. Hahn had zero top-10s and just one top-25 after the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am (which ended Feb. 10) and saw all 13 missed cuts happen after that date, too.
Hoffmann is by far the hottest player on this list, with a T9, T8, T23 and T15 in the second half of the year. While he missed the cut at The Barclays, Hoffmann's recent form could spell big things for 2013, as in the fall portion of the new wrap-around schedule that begins in a little less than three weeks at the Frys.com Open.
Bowditch, the last man into the playoffs, basically needed to get a top-10 finish or better at Liberty National and some help to have a chance to move himself up in the playoffs. As it turned out, he missed the cut after rounds of 75-74. But even though he didn't get to play for the $35 million bonus pool, he can say he's got a PGA Tour card for next season, a fact so many others - like the unfortunate ones we'll talk about next week - would love to be able to say themselves.