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The Reshuffle List: Fallout from the Fifth Reshuffle

Jeremy Schilling

Schilling covers golf for RotoWire, focusing on young and up-and-coming players. He was a finalist for the FSWA's Golf Writer of the Year award. He also contributes to PGA Magazine and hosts the popular podcast "Teeing It Up" on BlogTalkRadio.

The fifth and next to last Reshuffle of the 2014-15 PGA Tour season happened at the end of the St. Jude Classic, and with it also came a graduation off the Reshuffle List. With only two months left in the PGA Tour regular season, here's how things stand.

Graduated

Fabian Gomez -
Gomez's four-shot win at the St. Jude Classic, which included a 30-foot birdie putt on the 72nd hole to cap it off, was his first career victory and helped put to rest a demon that he must have wrestled with for a while now: his down-the-stretch miscues in Puerto Rico in 2013 that cost himself a chance at a victory. He proceeded to lose his PGA Tour card but earned a trip back via the Web.com Tour last year and now has changed his life and the course of his career with this victory. It all adds up to a two-year exemption, a trip down Magnolia Lane, countless other benefits and entrances to big time tournaments, and a chance now, at 36th in the FedEx Cup points standings, to make a playoff run. He ranked first in strokes gained-tee to green en route to his win.

2015-16 PGA Tour Card Clinched
(438 points clinched a card last season, this season features one additional event; points as of the latest reshuffle.)

1. Daniel Berger - 899.183 FedEx Cup Points
2. Justin Thomas - 725.398
3. Tony Finau - 678.933
4. Sean O'Hair - 664.127
5. Scott Pinckney - 543.503
6. John Peterson - 518.440
7. Colt Knost - 514.166
8. Zac Blair - 498.184
9. Jim Herman - 477.582
10. Hudson Swafford - 471.300
11. Jon Curran - 456.010

Cards Clinched Since Last Update

Hudson Swafford -
The finishes weren't flashy, but a T63 at Memorial and a T29 in Memphis were good enough to get Swafford over the top and to clinch a card for the 2015-16 season. What continues to impress us about Swafford is how he's making the cut even on weeks where he doesn't have his game. Of his nine missed cuts entering the fifth reshuffle, only two occurred since late March, a span of nine events. And although Swafford's lone top-10 finish came in 2014, that consistent play over the last two and a half months has given him the FedEx Cup points needed to stay on the PGA Tour. Impressive stuff.

Jon Curran -
Curran, a rookie, has really opened some eyes this season and could be a serious contender for a win now that he's freed up from having to worry about playing privileges. He locked up his card via the 16 FedEx Cup Points earned from his T53 finish at the St. Jude Classic. Every single shot counts, and he may look back on his Sunday 68, which featured birdies on 17 and 18, as the moment that helped springboard his PGA Tour career, especially if he can get a victory this season or next.

On the Cusp

12. Greg Owen - 425.500 FedEx Cup Points
13. Kyle Reifers - 405.550
14. S.J. Park - 375.500
15. Steve Wheatcroft - 370.420
16. Andres Gonzales - 369.830
17. Chad Collins - 367.880

Owen took the spotlight at the St. Jude Classic where he finished second, earning him 300 FedEx Cup points -- the majority of his earnings for the year -- while nearly getting his first PGA Tour win in the process. And while he became a viral sensation for the wrong reasons -- he broke a club after three bogeys in his final 10 holes prevented any chance of victory -- Owen is now in position to have one good finish lock up his PGA Tour card for 2015-16 and give himself more opportunities to get that elusive first PGA Tour victory. He's 0-for-214.

Reifers sits probably 40 or so points away from a card, on the backs of five top-25s and one top-10 finish this season. But his momentum has slowed after consecutive missed cuts -- at Memorial and Memphis -- a stretch in which he shot only one round in the 60s and hit just over half of his greens. If he can fix those issues, however, and just get one more finish in the money, he may have just locked up his spot on the PGA Tour for next season.

The Race for Top 200


Finishers No. 126-200 in regular-season FedEx Cup points earn a spot in the Web.com Tour Finals where they can earn a card with a top-25 money-winner finish among those who don't have cards.

34. Tom Gillis - 190th place on FedEx Cup Points List
35. Jarrod Lyle - 195th
36. Byron Smith - 196th
37. Heath Slocum - 198th
38. Ryan Armour - 200th
39. Tyrone Van Aswegen - 209th
40. Carlos Sainz Jr. - 210th

Lyle decided to go back to Australia to focus on his golf game after missing more than a season for cancer treatment (thankfully, he says his health is fine and this is purely a golf decision). For the rest of these guys near the cutoff the biggest issue is starts. They're so far down the Reshuffle List that just getting enough playing opportunities to gain momentum and try to get an in-the-money finish is a problem. So the key for them is to take advantage of any opportunity that they get ... because if they're not careful, it could be their last. And that spells a straight ticket back to the Web.com Tour, with an offseason to wait until they have a chance to start their journey back to the PGA Tour.