Four golf tournaments. That's how many events are left in the PGA Tour regular season. After the final putt drops at the Wyndham Championship -- an event that intriguingly could include Tiger Woods -- the top 125 in FedEx Cup points make it to the playoffs and have their cards secure, while anyone from 126-200 not already exempt heads to the Web.com Tour Finals in a fight to keep their jobs. Here's how the Reshuffle List stands:
Daniel Berger, Justin Thomas, Tony Finau, Sean O'Hair, Scott Pinckney, Colt Knost, John Peterson, Jon Curran, Hudson Swafford, Greg Owen, Zac Blair, Jim Herman, Chad Collins, Steve Wheatcroft.
Card Clinched Since Last Update
Andres Gonzales, 451.080 points, 115th in FedEx Cup points standings - Arguably the standing position is more important than the points, because in the end it matters whether you're inside the top 125, and not how many points you have. For now, Gonzales is in courtesy of a T48 at the Barbasol Championship and a T22 at the RBC Canadian Open in this final stretch of the regular season. At Glen Abbey he was first in greens in regulation, hitting 77.78 percent of his greens for the week. Gonzales is also 111th on the money list, earning $776,535, around $5K more than what was No. 125 last year. Anyone who is in the top 125 in money but not in the top 125 in points also keeps a card.
(Maybe) Card Clinched Since Last Update
Kyle Reifers, 438.540 points, 118th in FedEx Cup points standings - Reifers is right on the edge. I mean, literally, right on the edge. Last year 438 points was what the 125th guy in the standings earned, and this year features one extra event, the Barbasol Championship. T58 and T46 finishes in the last three weeks don't sound like much, but when they potentially you over the threshold, it counts just as much. He's 118th in FedEx Cup points and 114th in money with $764,108, so needless to say he'll be keeping a close eye on both lists.
On the Cusp
S.J. Park - Park is up to 425.500 points and is 123rd in the FedEx Cup points standings. After withdrawing from Barbasol and missing the cut in Canada, his T52 finish at the Quicken Loans National gave him 16 points and launched him ever so closer to having a place to play for 2015-16. Not in his favor is money -- he's only earned $597,103 which is 137th -- so he'll need another couple solid finishes to ensure that he has the points to avoid the Web.com Tour Finals.
Other Notables: Tom Gillis (the John Deere Classic playoff loser), 384.900, Alex Prugh, 397.250, Blayne Barber, 380.140, and Whee Kim, 393.473, are all knocking on the door of the 400 FedEx Cup point mark. That means that just one solid finish could be enough to launch them into the top 125. Barber and Kim are inside the top 125 on the money list, Gillis and Prugh are not.
Battle for 200
Oscar Fraustro, 196th, Bill Lunde, 198th, Byron Smith, 199th, and Roger Sloan, 200th in FedEx Cup points.
Well, look at this, just so happens that four Reshuffle List players are in five of the most crucial spots in the top 200 of the FedEx Cup points standings. Best current form? Well that's debatable. Smith has several recent finishes in the money while Sloan greatly increased his chances of making the Web.com Tour finals by finishing T18 at the John Deere Classic. But that was an outlier. The key for all these players? Keep making cuts. Every single point they earn could make a difference between having a chance to fight for a card in a couple weeks and being back on the Web.com Tour in 2016.
There are two ways for Non-Members on the PGA Tour to earn their cards: the Non-Member FedEx Cup Points list and the Non-Member PGA Tour Money List. The money list was supposed to be done away with several years ago, but players balked and have made sure that every player eligible for a PGA Tour card, via new or old methods, gets it.
No players have earned the number of equivalent FedEx Cup points likely necessary to earn a PGA Tour card for the 2015-2016 season. However, three have earned the likely equivalent money, which last year was around $770K:
Cameron Smith - You may remember Smith -- the other Under Armour guy who made waves at Chambers Bay on U.S. Open Sunday -- who hit a sensational shot on the 72nd hole to set up a closing tap-in eagle. Well, it did more than just give him a T4 finish, it also clinched his PGA Tour card for 2015-2016. And impressively he flew across the country at tied for 39th the next week at the Travelers Championship. This will certainly be someone to watch next season. He's earned $838,247 for the 2014-15 PGA Tour season.
Patrick Rodgers - Consider this, it is highly likely that Rodgers will qualify for the PGA Tour three different ways: Non-Member FedEx Cup points, Non-Member money list and via the Web.com Tour's Top 25 on the regular season money list. When's the last time that happened? We're always impressed by those who play their best when their backs are against the wall, and that's exactly what Rodgers has done in 2015. Since deciding to try to get his PGA Tour card via the PGA Tour versus the Web.com Tour (a decision that will have him playing out of exemption category 21 versus 26), he's finished T2 at the Wells Fargo Championship and made nine other finishes in the money, exactly what he needed to do. To date he has earned $804,271.
Branden Grace - Grace nearly won the U.S. Open as well -- he also tied for fourth - and if it wasn't for a ball that landed on the train tracks at the 16th hole, Jordan Spieth may not have two majors in 2015. But while he left University Place disappointed, it did help give him a place to play for the 2015-16 season. Coupled with a T7 at the RBC Heritage and a T9 at the WGC-Cadillac Match Play, Grace has earned $776,634, most likely enough money to punch a ticket back to the PGA Tour.